Books: For Sale
Rare and Antique
In this area I have rare and antique books for sale. Most of the books are related to Audubon; a few are by other naturalists or include the work of other natural history artists. Although many of the books in this section are sold, the listing provides an idea of some of the books that I can obtain. If you are interested in acquiring any of these books or similar works, please feel free to contact me to discuss.
AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES AND THE REV. JOHN BACHMAN: The Quadrupeds of North America. New York: V. G. Audubon. Three large octavo volumes, all dated 1854. Including 155 hand-colored stone lithographs by W. E. Hitchcock and R. Trembly after John James and John Woodhouse Audubon, printed by Nagel & Weingaertner and colored by J. Lawrence or printed and colored by J. T. Bowen, Philadelphia. An early set inscribed in each volume by Audubon's younger son, John Woodhouse Audubon who served as the artist for half of the plates. Publisher’s dark brown morocco, covers paneled in gilt with elaborate cornerpieces, spines in six compartments with raised bands, gilt edges. Generally very good with plates unusually clean and bright. All volumes neatly rebacked, with original owner bookplates, the spines evenly faded, light spotting to endpapers in Vol.II. Presentation inscription on each volume's half-title by J. W. Audubon: "Mr. O. B. Graham with the compliments of J. A."). A truly beautiful set. SOLD
BRASHER, REX: The Birds and Trees of North America. Kent, CT: Rex Brasher Associates, 1929-1932. Oblong folio, 12 volumes with 867 hand-colored plates (mostly collotypes, some offset lithographs) by the Meriden Gravure Company after Brasher. Original half leather over pictorial masonite boards. Numbered 28 of 500 in most volumes, but actually 28 of an estimated 110 to 120 actual sets. Presentation copy Inscribed by Brasher to noted conservationist and Connecticut Senator Frederic Walcott. Walcott was well-known for his conservation activities and for sponsoring and passing the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act (familiarly known as the "Duck Stamp Act"). Volume II title page with variant numbering. $42,000 More information and photos.
AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES AND THE REV. JOHN BACHMAN: The Quadrupeds of North America. New York: George R. Lockwood. Circa 1870. Volumes I and II only. A text-only edition of the octavo quadrupeds including Lockwood's brief biography of Audubon. Includes 100 descriptions of animals, some (such as the American Bison) based on John James Audubon's own observations (as contained in his journals). Half morocco, some rubbing and wear at corners and edges, occasional foxing, overall very solid. $400.
AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES AND THE REV. JOHN BACHMAN: The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. New-York: J. J. Audubon. 1846. Volume I only. The first volume of the original letter-press (text) for the Imperial Folio. In original maroon cloth binding with wear to head and foot of spine, some discoloration to boards, half-title present, some losses to label on spine. Subscribers list in back. Looseness in the front and back signatures, boards beginning to separate but still attached, overall very clean. Would probably benefit from some minor work (which I can arrange) but overall very good. $500.
SELBY, Prideaux John , Naturalist's Library, The Natural History of Parrots, W. H. Lizars, Edinburgh, undated. Most likely a later issue of this classic (circa 1850s), complete with engraving of Thomas Bewick, hand-colored vignette title page, and 30 hand-colored plates of parrots based on the art of the great Edward Lear. Very clean, some minor chipping along the long edge of a few text pages, all plates with tissues. In the original red cloth binding (with price stamped on spine) that was typical of the economy version of these books. A little chipping to cloth of spine, but generally tight and very solid. This is the cleanest copy of this book I have ever seen. Superb plates. See photos. SOLD
WILSON, Alexander and BONAPARTE, Charles Lucian. American Ornithology, or the Natural History of the Birds of the United States. Philadelphia: Porter and Coates, undated (circa 1870). With a Sketch of the Life of Wilson, by George Ord, F.L.S., and A Classification of the Genera and Species of American Birds, by Spencer F. Baird, of the Smithsonian Institution. Three volume set of Wilson and Bonaparte's important text put out as an accompaniment to the atlas volumes published by Porter and Coates in 1871. Half leather, a.e.g., marbled boards. Some rubbing on spines and corners. Some discoloration of endpapers, book plate of William Augustus Jeffries in all volumes, ink signature "William Jeffries, Boston" in all volumes. Interiors very clean, a beautiful set of a very important work. $600.
AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES: A Synopsis of the Birds of North America. Edinburgh and London, Adam and Black; Longman, 1839. Octavo, first edition. I have a copy of this rare book with tape replacing the spine and most pages loose. $700.
AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES: JOURNAL OF JOHN JAMES AUDUBON. In two volumes, 1820-21 and 1840-43, bound in cloth with paper labels in original patterned slipcase (books excellent, slipcase good). Boston, Club of Odd Volumes, 1929. Limited edition of 225 copies of which 25 reserved by the Club of Odd Volumes. Very hard to find set edited by Howard Corning and with forwards by Ruthven Deane and Francis Herrick. $300. Buy with the set below for $600.
AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES: LETTERS OF JOHN JAMES AUDUBON, 1826 - 1840. In two volumes, in original cloth with paper labels. Boston, Club of Odd Volumes, 1930. Excellent condition. Limited edition of 225 copies of which 25 reserved by the Club of Odd Volumes. Valuable correspondence from an important period of Audubon's life, very hard to find in this or a reprint edition. With forward by Howard Corning. $400. Buy with the set above for $600.
AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES: Delineations of American Scenery and Character. New York: G. A. Baker & Company, 1926. First edition with introduction by Francis H. Herrick. The first publication in a single volume of the "Episodes" that Audubon used to break up the monotony of the technical descriptions in his Ornithological Biography. Very good condition except for small puncture and small stains to front cover; a few unobtrusive pencil markings in the margins including correction of transposed numerals for a date (reflected in errata sheet). Included as a frontispiece is a clipped original autograph by John James Audubon displayed over his portrait. SOLD
AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES: The Birds of America. New York: Roe Lockwood & Son. 1861. A text-only edition of the octavo birds in seven volumes. Reissued by J. W. Audubon to accompany the Bien Edition. Half morocco, some wear on boards and spines, some foxing/staining but overall very good. SOLD
AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES AND THE REV. JOHN BACHMAN: The Quadrupeds of North America. New York: George R. Lockwood. Undated (1870-71). Generally very good condition, half leather binding with marbled boards and endpapers. The complete set of 155 hand-colored plates and text. Inquire for photos and more detailed description. SOLD
AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES: Ornithological Biography, or an Account of the Habits of the Birds of the United States of America, Accompanied by Descriptions of the Objects Represented in the Work Entitled the Birds of America, and interspersed with Delineations of American Scenery and Manners. Edinburgh: Adam & Charles Black, Vol. I - 1831, Vol. II - 1834, Vol. III - 1835, Vol. IV - 1838 , Vol. V - 1849 (actually 1839). First edition. Five volumes, large 8vo, original cloth-covered boards. All volumes in very good condition in original bindings. Spine labels on Volume I-IV intact; top of label chipped on Volume V (first "u" in Audubon missing). Red cloth, all spines faded. Color of boards faded on some volumes. Rubbing and wear on some boards and at some corners; a corner bumped on one volume. Light foxing in all volumes but generally clean. Overall very good for all volumes; we can provide detailed condition information including photos. At the conclusion of Volume I is a copy of a 15-page prospectus for The Birds of America including subscribers list. An extraordinary and extremely rare set of books in this condition. SOLD
AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES: Ornithological Biography, or an Account of the Habits of the Birds of the United States of America, Accompanied by Descriptions of the Objects Represented in the Work Entitled the Birds of America, and interspersed with Delineations of American Scenery and Manners. Edinburgh: Adam Black, Vol. I - 1831, Vol. II - 1835, Vol. III - 1835, Vol. IV - 1838 , Vol. V - 1849 (actually 1839). First edition except for Volume II. Volumes I, III, IV & V bear the Edinburgh publisher, Adam & Charles Black imprint; Volume II bears the Boston publisher Hilliard, Gray, & Co. imprint (first American edition of this volume, dated one year after the Edinburgh issue of Volume II). Five volumes, large 8vo, original cloth-covered boards, rebacked with original spines laid down. Some light foxing, otherwise a very good set with the addition of the prospectus. SOLD
AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES: Ornithological Biography, or an Account of the Habits of the Birds of the United States of America, Accompanied by Descriptions of the Objects Represented in the Work Entitled the Birds of America, and interspersed with Delineations of American Scenery and Manners. Edinburgh: Adam Black, Vol. I - 1831, Vol. II - 1834, Vol. III - 1835. The first three volumes of five of the letterpress for The Birds of America. 8vo. Bookplates in each volume, contemporary half calf, gilt spine with raised bands, marbled boards, slight rubbing on edges and boards, occasional small margin tears. Generally very clean with tight bindings. A beautiful partial set in remarkable condition. SOLD