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Wilson, Alexander; Bonaparte, Charles Lucien
AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGY; OR, THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE BIRDS OF THE UNITED STATES
New York: J.W. Bouton, 1877. Three volumes. cv,[2],408; vii,495; vii,540pp., plus 103 chromolithographic plates. Frontispiece in first volume. Contemporary half green diced morocco and red paper boards, pictorially gilt spines, t.e.g. Light shelfwear and light soiling to boards, spine ends scuffed (more pronounced in first two volumes). Occasional light foxing. Very good. An interesting edition of Alexander Wilson's AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGY..., first published in 1808-14, including the supplement by Charles Lucien Bonaparte. Alexander Wilson was the first ornithologist to undertake a systematic study of the birds of America, first while a country schoolteacher and then under the tutelage of naturalist William Bartram. In 1802 he undertook his bird studies full time, teaching himself drawing and projecting his book, which began production in 1807. When it is considered that no similar study in any branch of natural science had yet been undertaken in America, and that only one color plate book of any scope had been published there (Birch's VIEWS OF PHILADELPHIA), the scope of Wilson's work is astounding. Between 1808 and 1813, Wilson managed, against innumerable difficulties, to travel over much of the United States collecting material while managing his ambitious publication. He died in 1813, exhausted by his task, and his work was completed by George Ord. After the collapse of Napoleon, various members of the Bonaparte family took refuge in America, including his nephew, Prince Charles Lucien Bonaparte. The young Bonaparte proved a prodigy in ornithology and undertook a s … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [US]
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