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Wild Scenes and Song-Birds. With twenty illustrations - WEBBER, C. W - 1854. 
New York: George P. Putnam, 1854. First edition. Chromolitho. frontispiece and 19 chromolitho. plates (15 ornithological plates after Mrs. Webber and 5 scenes of Native American life after Alfred Jacob Miller; all lithographed by the Rosenthal firm in Philadelphia). 8vo (10 x 6 1/2 inches), pages: x:(1):347. Publishers superior de luxe binding of full black morocco blocked in blind and with sunken central lozenge to each cover containing a gilt blocked southern mocking bird, all edges gilt, spine lettered gilt direct within raised bands; some rubbing/bruising to corners but overall the binding in remarkably good and attractive order. Some marginal browning or foxing within. Contemporary gift inscription on front free endpaper. Paper to inner joints cracked, half inch crack to upper joint, but joints totally firm. Overall an outstanding copyFirst edition, early issue; the plate of Indian Girl Swinging shows her bare-breasted. ?In the first edition, she appears, as in the Miller watercolor, bare-breasted. In at least some of the later printings, she has been provided with a blouse, probably in the name of nineteenth-century modesty? (Ron Tyler, editor, Alfred Jacob Miller: Artist on the Oregon Trail, Amon Carter Museum, 1982, p. 449). The five chromolithographic plates of Native Americans scenes by Alfred Jacob Miller are the most important feature of this book. Miller (1810-1874), an early American artist in the Rockies.
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