John James Audubon’s Birds of America – 7 Volume set with 500 Originally Hand-colored Lithographs

$65,000

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Birds of America

This is the first edition, seven volume set with 500 originally hand-colored lithographs of John James Audubon’s Birds of America. It was published from 1840 to 1844 in New York and Philadelphia by E. G. Dorsey and J. B. Chevalier for J. J. Audubon.  The work was completed under the direct supervision of J. J. Audubon.  The lithography and hand-coloring were completed by J. T. Bowen. The set is bound in early 20th century half brown crushed levant gilt, top edges gilt. Tissue guards, half-titles, and subscriber lists present to each volume.

Prints and thus this beautiful complete set in truly wonderful condition of Birds of America are amongst the most sought after and collectible of hand-colored American prints.  The first edition was the only one to be completed using strictly hand-coloring.

John James Audubon (1785-1851) is perhaps the most famous of early American naturalists.  Birds of America is one of the best examples of hand-colored work in America and is highly collectible.

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