New York: V.G. Audubon, 1849, 1851, 1854.
First octavo edition. Complete in three volumes. 20th century leather with marbled paper, spines lettered in gilt. With all 155 beautiful hand colored plates present. Near Fine with contents generally very bright, some small scratches to spines and light wear along edges, front hinges a little over-opened, former owner's armorial bookplates to paste downs. Vol. 1 has small stain to p. 45 and verso of plate 6; plates I, V, XIV, and XXII lacking tissue guards; plate XV has foxed tissue guard and small tear; plates XVI and XXX have short closed tears to top edge. Vol. 2 plate LVI missing half its tissue guard, plates LVIII and LX bound in each other's place. Vol. 3 plate CIXX misnumbered CIX; plate CXXVI lacking tissue guard. A lovely set of the legendary naturalist and painter's final work, replete with vividly colored illustrations of North American animals completed by his sons after his death. Item #140939146