Edinburgh: Adam Black, 1831-1835. Various paginations. Modern three-quarter brown morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt. Light shelf wear. Bookplate on front pastedown. Some unobtrusive ink underlining on titlepage. Minor foxing and age-toning. Very good. Item #WRCAM47221
These extracts from ORNITHOLOGICAL BIOGRAPHY pull together in one volume all sixty of the short travel pieces that Audubon interspersed among the descriptions of birds in the first three volumes of the text for his famous ornithological work. These "episodes" were intended to divert the general reader and are of considerable literary and historical interest, since they describe persons and events on the American frontier from Newfoundland to Florida. One of the classic texts of American natural history, including accounts of his experiences in the Florida Keys, along the Mississippi, and in Louisiana and Kentucky in the 1820s and '30s. The sketches were collected and published separately in 1926. HOWES A389. MEISEL III, p.406. SABIN 2366. CLARK II:179 (ref). SABIN 2366.