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AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGY;
OR
THE NATURAL HISTORY
OF THE
BIRDS OF THE UNITED STATES
ILLUSTRATED WITH PLATES
Engraved and Colored from Original drawings taken from Nature.
BY ALEXANDER WILSON


Volume I, Philadelphia: Bradford and Inskeep, Printed by Robert Carr, 1808.
Volume II, Philadelphia: Bradford and Inskeep, Printed by Robert Carr, 1810.
Volume III, Philadelphia: Bradford and Inskeep, printed by Robert Carr, 1811.
Volume IV, Philadelphia: Bradford and Inskeep, Printed by Robert Carr, 1811.
Volume V, Philadelphia: Bradford and Inskeep, Printed by Robert Carr, 1812.
Volume VI, Philadelphia: Bradford and Inskeep, Printed by Robert & William Carr, 1812.
Volume VII, Philadelphia: Samuel F Bradford, Printed by Thomas H. Palmer, 1824.
Volume VIII, Philadelphia: Samuel F Bradford, Printed by Thomas H. Palmer, 1824.
Volume IX, Philadelphia: Bradford and Inskeep, Printed by Robert and William Carr, 1814.


Click here for a general introduction to Wilson's American Ornithology.

 

The Ohio Wesleyan University Libraries copy of Wilson’s American Ornithology, although the title pages of some of its volumes (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, and IX) may suggest that they are from the original impression published in Philadelphia during the years 1808 to 1814, is, in fact, a 1824 printing, the date indicated on Volumes VII and VIII. It is one of two editions prepared by Wilson’s friend George Ord who had already completed volume XI for its original publication, after Wilson’s death in 1813. Why the other volumes retained the title pages of the original edition remains unclear.

As established by Walter Faxon, and later by Frank L. Burns, the 1824 printing constitutes a 3rd edition of volume I (which had seen a second, supplementary and corrected, printing in 1809) and a second edition of volumes II through IX. Changes from the first printing include small corrections and additions to the descriptive text, as well as a few index corrections of nomenclature, some from Wilson’s notes, others by Ord.

References:
Faxon, Walter. “Early Editions of Wilson’s OrnithologyAuk 18 (1901): 216-218.
Burns, Frank L. “Alexander Wilson, VII: Biographies, Portraits, and a Bibliography of the Various Editions of His Works.” Wilson Bulletin 21 (1909):165-186.

 
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