BONAPARTE, CHARLES LUCIEN. 1803-1857. American Ornithology; or, the Natural History of Birds inhabiting the United States not given by Wilson. Philadelphia: S.A. Mitchell; Carey & Lea, 1825-1833.

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BONAPARTE, CHARLES LUCIEN. 1803-1857.
American Ornithology; or, the Natural History of Birds inhabiting the United States not given by Wilson. Philadelphia: S.A. Mitchell; Carey & Lea, 1825-1833.

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BONAPARTE, CHARLES LUCIEN. 1803-1857.
American Ornithology; or, the Natural History of Birds inhabiting the United States not given by Wilson. Philadelphia: S.A. Mitchell; Carey & Lea, 1825-1833.
4 volumes. Folio (380 x 295 mm). 27 hand-colored engraved plates. Contemporary red half morocco, tooled in gilt. Volume I rebacked retaining original spine, all heavily rubbed, browning and spotting.
Provenance: Mr and Mrs Henry Casimir de Rham (1785-1873), Swiss-American diplomat and merchant (booklabels; inscription on title of Volume I).

FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR to the wife of the original owner: "To Mrs. De Rham with the Author's best compliments." Bonaparte's continuation of Wilson's American Ornithology was originally intended to be published in three volumes between 1825 and 1828. The fourth volume was only published some five years later, in 1833. The female Great Crow-Blackbird on plate 4 is the first published bird plate after a drawing by John James Audubon, who is described in the text as "that zealous observer of nature and skilful artist." The remaining plates were after drawings by Titian Ramsay Peale and Alexander Rider. Nissen IVB 116; Sabin 6264; Wood 247; Zimmer 64.
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BONAPARTE, CHARLES LUCIEN. 1803-1857. American Ornithology; or, the Natural History of Birds inhabiting the United States not given by Wilson. Philadelphia: S.A. Mitchell; Carey & Lea, 1825-1833.
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