Illustrations of the Birds of California, Texas, Oregon, British and Russian America.

Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co, 1862.

Price: $7,500.00

About the item

Second edition. 50 hand-colored lithographed plates, printed by J.T. Bowen of Philadelphia (eighteen after George G. White, thirty-two drawn on stone by William E. Hitchcock). viii, 298, [2] pp. Large 8vo. Publisher's cloth, rebacked with original spine laid down. Bookplates on front pastedown. Minor scattered foxing. Very good. Anker 92; Zimmer, p.124; Lada-Mocarski 144; Cowan p.110; Nissen Birds 173; Fine Bird Books 64; Bennett, p.21.

Item #352120

The second edition, after the first of 1853-56, with the same content, of this important American color plate and ornithological work. Cassin intended his work to supplement that of Audubon. He had originally suggested to Audubon's sons a plan for extending the octavo edition of Audubon's THE BIRDS OF AMERICA, but difficulty concerning credit on the titlepage sank the scheme, and Cassin proceeded with his own publication. He used the same lithographer as the Audubons, J.T. Bowen of Philadelphia, to produce the beautiful plates of American birds, consisting entirely of western species that Audubon had never observed. Cassin was a trained scientist as well as careful artist and observer, and his work took American ornithology to a new level of technical competence, becoming the first American bird book to use trinomial nomenclature.