Audubon, John James (1785-1851) The Birds of North America, from Drawings Made in the United States and their Territories. New York: by J.J. Audubon [and] Philadelphia: by J.B. Chevalier, 1840-1844. First edition, seven octavo volumes, illustrated throughout with 500 colored lithographs, plates 187 and 188 bound out of order; half-titles and subscriber lists present in all volumes, ex libris original subscriber Mary Lenox Sheafe (1803-1886) [sister of the famous New York book collector James Lenox (1800-1880),whose collection helped form the cornerstone of the New York Public Library] with her name listed in volume one, page 254 as Mrs. James Sheafe and her penciled signatures in each volume; bookplates of Robert Lenox Belknap (1848-1896) in each volume; bound in full uniform contemporary dark purplish-brown morocco, tooled and lettered in gilt, a.e.g.; contents generally good, tissue guards present throughout, occasional spotting occurs mainly on text leaves and tissue guards; spines faded, final volume in a slightly different leather, scuffs, rubbing, 10 1/4 x 6 1/4 in. (7)
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