Lot 536: Ornithologist and artist (1785–1851) whose monumental pictorial studies of the birds and quadrupeds of North America take a place among the most distinguished accomplishments in the history of zoology and natural history illustration. ALS, one page, 6.25 x 8.25, January 1, 1839. Letter to William Norris of Philadelphia. In part: "Allow me the pleasure of presenting to your acquaintances, my eldest son Victor Gifford, who will in all probability spend some time in your city. He now returns to America with the view of settling there permanently." Intersecting folds (one vertical fold passing through the last letter of the signature), light toning and soiling, and irregularly trimmed edges, otherwise fine condition. In 1832, Victor Gifford Audubon traveled to London to help oversee the publication of his father's The Birds of America and remained there until the project was completed before returning to America and settling in New York.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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