Ornithological biography, or An account of the habits of the birds of the United States of America; accompanied by descriptions of the objects represented in the work entitled The birds of America, and interspersed with delineations of American scenery and manners.
A. Black; [etc., etc.], Edinburgh, 1831.
5 v., illus., 28 cm.
Notes: Vol. 4 has title: Ornithological biography, or An account of the habits of the birds of the United States of America, accompanied by descriptions of the objects represented in the work entitled Birds of America, together with an account of the digestive organs of many of the species, illustrated by engravings on wood. Title of v. 5 identical with that of v. 4, except for insertion of the word "The" before "Birds of America". Vol. 2-5 published in Edinburgh, by A. & C. Black; [etc., etc.] v. 2, 1834; v. 3, 1835; v. 4, 1838; v. 5, 1849 (i.e., 1839). Colophon: Neill & Co. ... "I feel pleasure in here acknowledging the assistance ... received from ... Mr. William Macgillivray ... in completing the scientific details ... of my ornithological biographies."--Author's "Introductory address": v. 1, p. xviii-xix. First edition. Later editions of text and plates combined, with alterations, were published in octavo, under the title: The birds of America, from drawings made in the United States and their territories. The folio ed. of "The birds of America" was published without text; v. 1 of the present work furnishes text for plates I-C; v. 2 for plates CI-CC; v. 3 for plates CCI-CCC; v. 4 for plates CCCI-CCCLXXXVII; v. 5 for plates CCCLXXXVIII-CCCCXXXV, and in addition contains "Descriptions of species found in North America, but not figured in the "Birds of America," and an appendix. References: Anker, J. Bird books, 18; Wood, C. Vertebrate zoology, p. 207-208; Zimmer, J.T. Ayer Lib., p. 20-21. Hill copy 1: Inscribed to John C. Chorley by the author. Subsequently inscribed to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts by William Hooper.
Other Authors: Macgillivray, William