Science & Natural History
AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES, AND JOHN BACHMAN.
The Quadrupeds of North America. New York: V.G. Audubon, 1856.
3 volumes. 8vo (265 x 173 mm). With 155 hand-colored lithographic plates after John James Audubon & John Woodhouse Audubon. Original brown morocco, covers with elaborate panels stamped and titled in blind, spines gilt-lettered, a.e.g. Generally clean and bright internally with only occasional toning, about 10 plates with marginal spotting or stains; sympathetic old rebacking with endpapers renewed, some darkening to edges of covers.
Provenance: Amos Woodward Gardiner (bookplates); J. Ran McCabe (modern bookplates).
Third octavo edition. The Quadrupeds was the last great enterprise of Audubons life, begun shortly after the completion of his Birds. Even at an advanced age, Audubon undertook, with his sons, John Woodhouse and Victor, an expedition in 1843 to obtain specimens in the Western frontier. Audubons sons assisted and continued the project as their fathers health began to wane, with John Woodhouse executing many of the original drawings and Victor handling much of the business side. The project was completed posthumously, though still stands as one of Audubons great achievements. Nissen ZBI 163; Sabin 2368.