Say's Squirrel, Plate LXXXIX (89)

John James Audubon

Published by New York, 1854
Condition: Fine No Binding
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John James Audubon’s “The Viviparous Quadrupeds” of North America is the outstanding work on American animals produced in the nineteenth century, and the octavo edition of this work is a testament to its popularity. This magnificent, hand-colored lithograph, “Say's Squirrel, Plate LXXXIX” measures 7" x 10.25" and is in excellent condition. This dynamic lithograph shows two squirrels, expertly hand-colored in rich red-brown with precise lines defining and detailing their bodies. The are shown around the trunk of a tree, one with its tail wrapped in front of it and the other behind the root. Audubon started the folio edition of this, his second great undertaking, in the 1830s, as Robert Havell was finishing the last plates for the Birds of America (1838). The Quadrupeds, as Audubon envisioned the book, would complete his record of the animal life of North America. He and his sons, Victor and John Wodehouse, started their travels in the Eastern woodlands, then went through Missouri to the Rocky Mountains. Victor and John Wodehouse contributed a great deal to the Birds of America, and their father’s failing health meant that their help was even more crucial on the Quadrupeds. John Wodehouse, using a style modeled on his father’s, was primarily responsible for the plates produced after 1846. Another important contributor to the Quadrupeds project was John Bachman, a Lutheran minister who had been the artist’s closest friend and supporter for many years. He wrote all of the scientific descriptions and acted as a scientific editor for the work. The whole is a magnificent record of the wildlife of North America, although the Quadrupeds have never received the widespread public acclaim which greeted Audubon’s Birds. Recently, however, both collectors and scholars have re-evaluated “Audubon’s other book” as an unequaled record of American wildlife. Bookseller Inventory # ac0131e

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Title: Say's Squirrel, Plate LXXXIX (89)

Publisher: New York

Publication Date: 1854

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Fine

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