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Ornithological biography: or an account of the habits of the birds of the United States of America

Author Audubon, John James
Title Ornithological biography: or an account of the habits of the birds of the United States of America
Imprint Edinburgh: Adam & Charles Black,
Date of Publication 1831-1849[i.e.1839]
Language English
Notes This is a complete 5-volume set of Audubon's "Ornithological biography" in their original salmon-pink cloth bindings (the existing set in NLS is incomplete, lacking vol. 5). The work was written by Audubon in collaboration with the Scottish naturalist William MacGillivray; it was intended as a text companion to the elephant folio volumes comprising the plates of "Birds of America". Audubon's last three visits to Scotland in the 1830s were primarily devoted to working with MacGillivray in Edinburgh on the book. The text was published separately from the plates to circumvent the Copyright Act, which would have required that Audubon deposit sets of "Birds of America" with the UK legal deposit libraries.
Shelfmark RB.m.741-745
Acquired on 19/10/12
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