American Ornithology


by
Alexander Wilson & Charles Lucien Bonaparte
Chatto & Windus
1876

This Medium Quarto edition of American Ornithology is perhaps the finest of the smaller editions. Printed on heavy woven stock with fine hand coloring and gum arabic highlights, this edition of American Ornithology is an improvement over the 1932 Whittaker, Treacher and Arnot octavo edition printed in London. The primary advantage of this edition is the larger sheet size, easily accomodating the 5-3/8" x 8-7/8" plate with page dimensions of 8-5/8" x 11-1/8" and providing ample margins for framing. This compares favorably with the crowded 5" x 8-1/16" octavo edition page size which barely (and sometimes not completely) accomodates the full plate. The Chatto & Windus edition also shares the distinction of being the only edition besides the 1871 Porter & Coates 'Philadelphia Edition' to contain all 103 plates by Wilson and Bonaparte, and the only combined edition to contain metal-plate engraved images of all 103 plates (the Bonaparte plates in the Philadelphia edition are hand-colored stone lithographs). The 1832 edition contains only 97 of the total 103 images, Bonaparte's final volume not being published at the time. This was also the final hand-colored edition of Wilson & Bonaparte's work. Later editions all utilize the inferior chromolithographic techniqes, including one 'Chatto & Windus' edition bearing the same title page imprint as the present edition.

Hand Colored* Plates, with gum arabic highlights
8-5/8" x 11-1/16"

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Plate Picture
Price
#1
Blue Jay, Goldfinch, Baltimore Bird

$175

 

#4
Orchard Oriole

$100

#5
Great American Shrike, Pine Grosbeak, Ruby-crowned Wren, Shore Lark

$100

#10
Mocking Bird, Humming Bird, Towhe Bunting

$100

 

 

#12
Rice Bunting, Red-eyed Bunting, Marsh Wren, great Carolina Wren, Yellow-throat Warbler

$125

 

#13
Tyrant Flycatcher, Great-Crested Flycatcher, Small Green-Crested Flycatcher, Pe-we Flycatcher, Wood Pe-we Flycatcher

$100

 

#15
Red-cocaded Woodpecker, Brownheaded Nuthatch, Pigeon Hawk, Blue-winged Yellow Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, Blue-eyed Yellow Warbler, Black-breasted Blue Warbler

$100

#16
American Sparrow Hawk, field Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Chipping sparrow, Snow Bird

$200

 

#17
American Siskin, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Green Black-throated Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Solitary Flycatcher

$125

 

#18
Cow Bunting, Maryland Yellowthroat, Blue-grey Flycatcher, White-eyed Flycatcher

$75

 

#19
Mottled Owl, Meadow Lark, Black & white Creeper, Pine Creeping Warbler

$100

 

#22
Swamp Sparrow, white-throated Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Fox-coloured Sparrow, Loggerhead shrike

$75

 

#24
Painted Bunting, Prothonotary Warbler, Wormeating Warbler, Yellow-winged Sparrow, Blue Grosbeak

$150

 

#25
Mississippi Kite, Tennesee Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Prarie Warbler

$100

 

#28
Carolina Cuckoo, Black-billed Cuckoo , Blue Yellow-backed Warbler, Yellow Red-poll Warbler

$85

 

#32
Snowy Owl

$250

 

#33
Rough-legged Falcon, Barred Owl, Short-eared Owl

$150

#35
Winter Falcon, Magpie, Crow

$150

 

#36
White-headed Eagle


$450

 

#37
Fish Hawk (Osprey), fish Crow, Ring Plover, Least Snipe

$125

 

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*NOTE: There is also an inferior edition of this title and same publisher with
5" x 9" Chromolithographic plates
, also 1876. Our plates are all
from the larger & more desirable hand-colored edition.

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