American Ornithology; or, The Natural History of the Birds of the United States, Vol. III & V, by Alexander Wilson, 1812. Published by Bradford and Inskeep, Philadelphia. Quarto, III – 120 pages, 9 engravings, V – 122 pages, 7 engravings, including index and copper plate engravings with hand coloring, hardbound, half-binding with red leather covers and spines with marbled paper covers. Paper label from previous owner reading "Mann S. Quarles", inside of front covers. 14 1/8" H x 11" W. CONDITION: Overall good condition. Covers worn, rubbing to leather, shelf wear, corners bumped. Tears, largest 7 3/4", pages 59-68 of Vol. III, heavy foxing spots, toning impressions from plates to majority of pages. Last few pages of Vol. III, half of pages to Vol. V separated from spine. Vol. III missing "Chimney Swallow" and "Carolina Pigeon, or Tutle Dive" engravings.
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