AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. 1770-1851.
The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories. New York: V.G. Audubon/Roe Lockwood & Son, 1860.
7 volumes. 8vo (263 x 160 mm). [iii]-viii, -246; [iii]-vii, -199; [iii]-viii, -233; [iii]-viii, -321; [iii]-viii, -346; [iii]-viii, -456; [iii]-viii, -456; vii, , -372 pp. With 500 hand-colored lithographed plates. Original blind-stamped brown morocco, spines lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, a.e.g. Occasional light toning to plates but overall internally clean, light corner crease to plates 435 and 436 and accompanying text, light rubbing to spines and edges.
Fourth octavo edition. The text follows closely that of the first octavo edition of 1840-44, while the plates differ: "The plain backgrounds of the original 8vo are replaced by tinted ones; those which were tinted are altered in tone or some minor detail. Many of the elaborate scenic backgrounds of the original folio, which were modified or eliminated in the first 8vo, have been replaced and in some cases the size of the figures has been altered in consequence" (Ayer/Zimmer p 23).