ESTES & LAURIAT and AUDUBON, John James (1785-1851)
Audubon's Birds of America. Life-Size Drawings from the Original Stones, Beautifully and Accurately Colored, Under the Personal Supervision of Mr. Audubon. Catalogue of Separate Plates.
Boston: Estes & Lauriat, [c. 1880]. 8vo. (8 x 5 3/8 inches). iv, 45 pp., (3).
With a modern quarter red morocco-backed cloth box.
Rare catalogue, the first offering of Audubon's Birds sold as separate plates.
A wonderful window into the market for Audubon in the Gilded Age, According to the introduction, 'We take pleasure in making the announcement that the entire remainder of the magnificent plates to Audubon's world-famous "Birds of America" have recently come into our possession. As enough of the plates are missing to make it impossible to make them up into complete sets, we have determined to sell them separately.' 141 plates are listed with prices from $5-$10 each. Lariat's Boston bookstore was known to stock large quantities of Audubon prints (Melcher).
Frederic Melcher, 'A Boston Bookstore at the Turn of the Century' in Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society (1956); William Reese Sale, 26 May 2022 ($4,032).