A Manual of the Ornithology of the United States and of Canada. Volume I: The Land Birds, Volume II: The Water Birds
First Edition. Hardcover. Good+. Two-volume set, complete. 7.75 x 5 inches. Vol I - Cambridge: Hilliard and Brown, 1832, pp. vi, 683,; Vol. II - Boston: Hilliard, Gray & Company, 1834, pp. vii, 627. Each volume with ca. 50 wood-engraved illustrations. Recently rebound in quarter leather and marbled boards, spines with gilt decoration, raised bands. Both volumes have foxing throughout. Volume I has an engraved portrait of Nuttall laid in and the ownership signature of Theodore G. Gold, dated 1840, on a front blank. There is a small excision at the top of the title page, and a corresponding shadow (browned area) visible at the top of the first few leaves. Volume II has three damaged leaves (pp. 11/12. 17-20), with some loss of text, no loss of illustrations. Thomas Nuttall (1786-1859) was a prolific and talented naturalist who lived and traveled extensively in the United States from 1808 to 1841, collecting and publishing on both botanical and zoological subjects. Sabin 56349, 56350: Mr. Nuttall is styled by Mr. Audubon (“Ornithological Biography,” II. 427,) “The learned Nuttall, who has been able to make new discoveries by his indefatigable and enthusiastic devotion to a science, in a country where Wilson, Bonaparte, Bachman, Pickering, Cooper, Say, and others had already exected themselves to the utmost to complete its diversified and interesting Fauna.”.