One of only 250. A most fantastic 1972 set of two 'double elephant folio' sized volumes, comprising facsimile plates from the drawings of John James Audubon originally printed in 1827-38. The set of the folio from which the reproductions in this two-volume edition of facsimiles are made is that in the collection of the Meiningen State Museum.
No. 744 of a Folio edition limited to 250 copies, numbered 501-750. From the total edition of 1000. Half-linen boards with a copyright page hand-numbered and signed by J. A. C. Roberts, Director of Ariel Press. Introduction by Gottfried Mauersberger. Forty species are detailed in total, with twenty subjects to each volume. Condition is as follows.
Vol. I: White cloth with cream/tanned boards and gold ink to front. Heavily dampstained covers with general staining and scuffing. However remarkably clean within, with staining remaining only subtly evident and rarely advancing from the edge of the textblock. Text and images both clean and wonderfully bright.
Vol. II: Blue cloth with tan boards. Drip marks to front and scratch impressions to the front board, though these do not interrupt the pictorial motif to the cover. General wear to edges. Lovely, very well-kept internals with just a little dampstaining creeping up on the bottom right corner of the last few pages - though this does not encroach upon the matter within.
Overall this is a lovely, uncommon set, with the unusually large double-elephant sizing providing a great chance to pore over Audubon's famed drawings in an immersive experience. Price adjusted accordingly due to exterior condition, though internal condition throughout both books is very good and largely unaffected. Please get in touch for more details and images of included plates.