New York: V. G. Audubon. Hard Cover. First octavo edition, 1849-51-54, with all 31 original wrappers present (front and rear), and bound into 3 volumes. All 155 hand-colored plates are present, as issued; original brown printed wrappers for all 31 parts are bound in; marginal loss to front wrap of numbers 19 and 29, not affecting text; all other wrappers are intact and very good. Plates are all bright and fresh, without foxing; internally fine, just a bit of foxing on the first few leaves of text of volume I. Bound in contemporary three-quarters brown morocco over maroon cloth (10 1/2" x 7 3/8"), raised bands on spine, gilt lettering; beveled edges; marbled end papers, marbled edges. Light wear to bindings. Quite scarce in original wrappers; in 2011, a set (unbound) sold for more than $50,000. An exceptional set. (Inventory #: 6519)
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