This three volume set of 155 octavo lithographs is John James Audubons The Quadrupeds of North America. The set is a mixed edition published 1852 to 1854 in Philadelphia. The work is bound in three-quarter leather over marbled paper-covered boards, stamped in gilt.
Quadrupeds was Audubons final great natural history work. His animal drawings are still considered some ofthe finest prints published in America. The folio edition of this work marked the first time that Americas animals were described and illustrated in one publication and the octavo publication continued that effort.
Audubon and his son, John Woodhouse, drew all of the quadrupeds in the work. Victor Gifford Audubon drew the backgrounds for many of the prints.
Provenance: There’s a signature of J. R. Morewood to the front blanks in each volume.