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John James Audubon. Audubon's Quadrupeds of North America. Secaucus, N.J., 1989. Cloth. A complete reprinting of Audubon's work on American quadrupeds. The 155 illustrations are based on the octavo edition. $75.00

John James Audubon. John James Audubon. The Watercolors for The Birds of America. Annette Blaugrund and Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., eds. New York, 1993. Cloth. Out of print. This handsome, large-folio volume reproduces in full color all of the original watercolors for Audubon's "great national work." Includes informative catalogue entries for each work. $150.00

Basic ReferenceLois Bannon & Taylor Clark. Handbook of Audubon Prints. 4th. ed. Gretna, 1998. Cloth. A fine basic primer on prints by John James Audubon. $17.95

Nicolas Barker. Hortus Eystettensis: The Bishop's Garden and Besler's Magnificent Book. New York, 1994. This book tells the story of the magnificent early 17th Century garden of the Prince-Bishop of Eichstätt, Germany, and the book that Basilius Besler created to illustrate it. $85.00

Basic ReferenceWilfrid Blunt and William T. Stearn. The Art of Botanical Illustration. New York, 1994. A paperbound edition of the above. Excellent. $14.95

Sarah E. Boehme, Annette Blaugrund, Robert McCracken Peck, and Ron Tyler. John James Audubon in the West. The Last Expedition: Mammals of North America. New York, 2000. Cloth. Out of print. This fascinating volume describes the creation of Audubon's "massive undertaking", The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. The book includes contributions by prominent Audubon scholars and many color plate illustrations. $45.00

Nancy and Robert Braun. An Audubon Concordance. Migration Through the Plate Numbers. Fairfield, Connecticut, 1999. Paper. (Spiral bound.) This invaluable publication, issued by the American Historical Print Collectors Society, provides 18 comparative tables for the Havell, octavo, and Bien Audubon bird prints, including titles, plate numbers, common and scientific bird and plant names, other images appearing in the prints, and the first naturalists to have described these birds. $25.00

Basic ReferenceRobert Braun.Identifying Audubon Bird Prints. Originals, States, Editions, Restrikes, and Facsimiles and Reproductions. Fairfield, Connecticut, 2001. Paper. An extremely useful identification guide to all Audubon bird prints. Separately issued reprint of an article which appeared in Imprint V. 21 #2 (1996), with new color illustrations and updated bibliography. $14.00

John V. Brindle & James J. White. Flora Portrayed. Classics of Botanical Art From the Hunt Institute Collection. Pittsburgh, 1985. Paper. Works from the Hunt Collection are each discussed with interesting text and illustrations, many in color. An excellent reference. $18.00

S. Peter Dance. Classic Natural History Prints. Mammals. London, 1991. Cloth. A survey with full-page color illustrations from many of the great works of natural history of the 18th and 19th centuries. $29.95

S. Peter Dance. Classic Natural History Prints. Birds. New York, 1990. Cloth. Out of print. A survey with full-page color illustrations from many of the great illustrated works of ornithology of the 18th and 19th centuries. $29.95

Denise DeLaurentis & Hollie Powers Holt. The Art of the Garden: Collecting Antique Botanical Prints. Altglen, PA, 2006. Cloth. Illustrated with over 300 full-color images, this gorgeous book documents the magnificent botanical prints of the 17th through the turn of the 20th Centuries. Artists include Besler, Sweert and Volckamer from the 17th Century, Merian, Catesby and Thornton from the 18th, and Brookshaw, Redouté and Philadelphia's Thomas Meehan from the 19th. $79.95

Alan Feduccia. Catesby's Birds of Colonial America. Chapel Hill, 1985. Paper. Forward by Russell W. Peterson. An excellent book on the fundamental importance of Mark Catesby's Natural History, this volume contains numerous color plates and b&w pictures of all Catesby's birds, along with his original text. Feduccia adds a fine introduction and presents guiding remarks on the plates. $27.50

Mary Sayre Haverstock. An American Bestiary. New York, 1979. Cloth. Out of print. Contains illustrations of some of the most enchanting animal painting, drawing, and printmaking that America has produced. With text on trends and changes in the field. $75.00

Joseph Kastner. The Bird Illustrated. 1550-1900. New York, 1988. Cloth. Out of print. A sampling of ornithological illustrations from the collections of the New York Public Library. Fine illustrations, many in color. $40.00

Maureen Lambourne. The Art of Bird Illustration. New York, 1997. Paper. A fine history of the art and its practitioners from ancient Egypt to the 20th century, with attractive, generous-sized illustrations. This volume is a high-quality reissue of the cloth edition published in 1900. $25.95

Christopher W. Lane with D.H. Cresswell & C. Cades. A Guide To Collecting Antique Historical Prints. Philadelphia, 1995. Paper. A practical guide which discusses both the nature of antique historical prints and the issues involved in collecting them. $8.00

Charles-Louis L'Héritier de Brutelle. Sertum Anglicum. 1788. Pittsburgh: 1963. Cloth. Out of print. A handsome facsimile edition, bound in marbled boards, of L'Héritier's important work of plant science, with illustrations by Pierre-Joseph Redouté and James Sowerby. The volume includes a translation and critical studies. $40.00

Susanne M. Low. An Index and Guide to Audubon's Birds of America. New York, 1988. Cloth. Out of print. A bibliographical study of the double-elephant folio Birds of America (1827-38) with added information on each plate. $85.00

Bernard McTigue. Nature Illustrated. Flowers, Plants, and Trees 1550- 1900. New York, 1989. Cloth. Out of print. A companion volume to Joseph Kastner's The Bird Illustrated, depicting the best images from the collection of the New York Public Library. $40.00

Amy R. W. Meyers, Editor. Art and Science in America: Issues of Representation. San Marino, 1998. Paper. The six essays in this book bring together the issues of representation posed by a number of scientific disciplines — botany, ornithology and geology — during the first decades of the American Republic. $15.00

Amy R.W. Meyers and Margaret Beck Pritchard. Empire's Nature. Mark Catesby's New World Vision. Chapel Hill, 1998. Cloth. Six essays describing Catesby's influence on the development of eighteenth-century scientific observation, natural history, and art, and their impact on the British colonial enterprise. Numerous color and b&w illustrations. $60.00

Robert McCracken Peck. A Celebration of Birds: The Life and Art of Louis Agassiz Fuertes. New York, 1982. Cloth. A comprehensive collection of one of America's greatest painters of birds, including works previously unavailable. $30.00

James L. Reveal. America's Botanical Beauty. Illustrations from the Library of Congress. Golden, CO, 1996. Paper. An informative overview of the history of publications on American flora, generously and colorfully illustrated with images from the collections of the Library of Congress. Soft-cover edition of Reveal's earlier book, originally entitled Gentle Conquest. $24.95

James L. Reveal. Gentle Conquest. The Botanical Discovery of North America. Washington, 1992. Cloth. An informative overview of the history of publications on American flora, generously and colorfully illustrated with images from the collections of the Library of Congress. $39.95

Gill Saunders. Picturing Plants: An Analytical History of Botanical Illustration. Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1995. Cloth. Saunders discusses the form and function of this durable art form over the centuries, and in particular the intersection between science and art wherein the discipline flourishes. Color illustrations. $18.00

Charles Coleman Sellers. Mr. Peale's Museum: Charles Willson Peale and the First Popular Museum of Natural Science and Art. New York, 1980. Cloth. This book tells the story of the world's first popular museum of science and art and of the fascinating man who made it happen. Nicely designed with color and B/W illustrations. $20.00

Sacheverell Sitwell. Fine Bird Books, 1700-1900. Foreword by S. Dillon Ripley. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1990. Cloth. Out of print. One of the most comprehensive illustrated guides to collectible color plate books, with 52 full-page colored illustrations. $75.00

Patricia Tyson Stroud. Thomas Say: New World Naturalist. Philadelphia, 1992. Cloth. Immortalized by scientists in the names of birds (Say's phoebe), reptiles, mammals, insects and shells, Thomas Say (1747-1834) himself named some 15,000 North American insects and identified many crop predators. He helped found the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences in 1812 and pioneered American entomology and conchology. $25.00


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