Wilson’s American Ornithology – Three Volumes with 97 Originally Hand-colored Bird Engravings

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American Ornithology, or the Natural History of the Birds of the United States

This three volume work with 97 originally hand-colored, octavo bird engravings is from Alexander Wilson’s American Ornithology, or the Natural History of the Birds of the United States by Alexander Wilson; with a Continuation by Charles Lucian Bonaparte, Prince of Musignano. The Illustrative Notes, and Life of Wilson, by Sir William Jardine. The work was published in 1832 in London by Whittaker, Treacher and Arnot. The work is quarter bound in dark green leather with marbled boards and end papers and gilt page edges.

The engravings were done by Lizars after Wilson’s work. It contains a continuation by Bonaparte and was edited and finished by Sir William Jardine. This work was the first time that all of Wilson’s art was present in one publication.

Alexander Wilson is known as the “Father of American Ornithology.” He spent a decade traversing the Eastern United States studying the birds and discovered 26 previously unknown species. Wilson’s work, American Ornithology, was the first focused on only American birds.

Scientist and historian Dr. Elliott Coues noted of Wilson’s work, “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’.”

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