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Exceptional complete set of Audubon Octavo Birds and Quadrupeds (total 10 volumes). Includes the 7 volume – The Birds of America, from Drawings made in the United States and their Territories. New York: V. G. Audubon, Roe Lockwood & Son, 1860. The set also includes the 3 volume – The Quadrupeds of North America. New York: V. G. Audubon, 1856. This complete 10 volume set contains a total of 655 hand colored lithographed plates – 500 plates for the Birds of America volumes, 155 plates for the Quadrupeds of North America. Bird plate size 10 3/8″ x 6 5/8″. Quadruped plate size 10 1/2″ x 6 5/8″. Each volume with the inscription, “From Library of Hardy Bryan Aug 1860” and the later inscription, “To Hardy Bryan Branner from His Mother Magnolia Bryan Branner May 2nd 1897 with love”. Hardy Bryan Branner was mayor of Knoxville in 1880, a graduate under Robert E. Lee at Washington College, and co-founder of Standard Knitting Mills. He is buried in Old Gray Cemetery, Knoxville. Magnolia Avenue in Knoxville was named after his mother. Condition – plates with vibrant colors and generally clean with no creases or tears. All 655 plates present. Very occasional minor foxing or spotting, a few plates just slightly discolored at margins, a few plates with slight toning. Some tissue guards with foxing/browning and less than four tissue guards missing on the entire set. Foxing to text pages of Bird volumes, less so with the Quadrupeds text. Brown embossed morocco covers, marbled endpapers, spines with gilt lettering, scuffs to edges.