A Manual of the Ornithology of the United States and of Canada. Volume I: The Land Birds, Volume II: The Water Birds.
Seller ID: 1204
Cambridge (Boston): Hilliard and Brown (Hilliard and Gray), 1832 (1834). First edition (vi, 675 pp., index; vii, 620 pp., index). Octavo (20 cm.), illustrations by Bowen and Hall. The two volumes complete with many engraved b&w illustrations. In original decorative blue-green cloth and paper labels, some pages unopened. In the Preface, Nuttall pays handsome tribute to his 'eminent friend Mr. Audubon' and regrets that 'the whole manuscript had not been placed under his revision.' Endpapers browned as usual, covers spotted and faded, worn. Text block is tight and clean throughout. (This seems the fate of the books' original bindings, or at least those I have seen-- the paper-thin publisher's cloth wears through, weakening the hinges, and the paper labels dry out and begin to flake.) A hard to find classic of American ornithology.
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