WILSON, ALEXANDER. 1766-1813. American Ornithology; or, The Natural History of the Birds of the United States. Philadelphia: Bradford and Inskeep, 1808-14.

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WILSON, ALEXANDER. 1766-1813.
American Ornithology; or, The Natural History of the Birds of the United States. Philadelphia: Bradford and Inskeep, 1808-14.

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WILSON, ALEXANDER. 1766-1813.
American Ornithology; or, The Natural History of the Birds of the United States. Philadelphia: Bradford and Inskeep, 1808-14.
9 volumes. Folio (352 x 265 mm). 76 hand-colored plates. 76 hand-colored engravings by Alexander Lawson, G. Murray, Benjamin Tanner and J. G. Warnicke, from original drawings by Wilson, multiple figures on plates. Lacking list of subscribers. Contemporary half red morocco and marbled boards. Bindings worn, heavy offsetting from plates throughout, scattered foxing and browning.
Provenance: Richard Maris, original subscriber (ink ownership inscription on title of Volume I).

FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST COLOR-PLATE AMERICAN BIRD BOOK PUBLISHED IN AMERICA. Subscriber's copy. Wilson, the father of American ornithology, produced his seminal study — the result of years of fieldwork — more than a decade before Audubon's appeared. Anker 533; Nissen IVB 992; Sabin 104597; Sitwell p 78, 155.
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WILSON, ALEXANDER. 1766-1813. American Ornithology; or, The Natural History of the Birds of the United States. Philadelphia: Bradford and Inskeep, 1808-14.
WILSON, ALEXANDER. 1766-1813. American Ornithology; or, The Natural History of the Birds of the United States. Philadelphia: Bradford and Inskeep, 1808-14.
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