antique prints, maps and watercolors

(Rabbit) The Quadrupeds of North America. Philadelphia: (1849) 1851. Sold

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Plate XXVII "Lepus Aquaticus, Swamp Hare"

To satisfy popular demand just as Audubon's The Birds of America were published in a smaller format, so too were his animals, The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. John James Audubon's sons, John Woodhouse and Victor G. Audubon contracted with John Bowen, the same skilled Philadelphia lithographer that their father had used to create the octavo editions of the birds, to lithograph in black and white and then hand color all 155 images in The Quadrupeds of North America, the first edition was published in 1849. This work was Audubon's final great natural history volume. His animal drawings are still considered some the finest prints published in America. Archivally framed in burled wood molding.

13 1/4 x 16 1/4 inches framed, 7 x 10 inches sheet.
Original hand colored lithograph with accompanyng descriptive text.
Archival framing, excellent condition.