American Ornithology; Or, The Natural History Of The Birds Of The United States; The Illustrative Notes and Life of Wilson By Sir William Jardine

London & Edinburgh: Whittaker, Treacher, & Arnot & Sterling & Kenney, 1832. Hardcover. 408, 495, 540 pages. 22 1/2 x 15 cm. Portrait frontispiece. 97 hand colored engraved plates (some with hand-colored backgrounds). Plates re-engraved by William H. Lizars. General Index of English and Latin Names. Originally published, Philadelphia, 1808-1810. Wilson sailed from Scotland to America in May 1794, two years prior to his thirtieth birthday. With the use of William Bartram's library and under his tutelage, Wilson initiated his systematic study of American bird on which his reputation rests, a work of outstanding merit. He did not live to see or enjoy any financial profit from his endeavor which was completed by George Ord, his companion and admirer. Dr. Elliott Coues said, "Perhaps no other work on ornithology of equal extent is equally free from error; and its truthfulness is illuminated by a spark of the fire divine...." [see: DAB Vol.20, p 318-319]. ANKER 534. BRUNET Vol. V, p.1459 (citing first edition). NISSEN IVB 956. SABIN 104598. Plates clean, some offsetting to text parallel and from frontispieces to title pages, armorial bookplates, raised bands, spines lettered in gilt. Contemporary half green calf and marbled boards. Teg. Very good. 3 vols. Item #16646

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