Washington DC: War Department, 1860. First Edition. Together two chromolithographs (287 x 212 mm), loose in mylar L-sleeve (plate XVI with short marginal tear at top, not affecting image). Our prints have VERY LITTLE offsetting which almost invarably spoils the illustrations of this publication and is SUITABLE FOR FRAMING. The are original prints, NOT reproductions! Very good. Item #4046
AN EXCELLENT PAIR OF AMERICAN HAWK CHROMOLITHOGRAPHS from the famed "Pacific Railroad Surveys" of 1853-1855.
"The ornithological studies produced from the Railroad Surveys were of such outstanding quality that they were republished in 1860 under the aegis of the Smithsonian Institution. Entitled 'The Birds of North America,' the illustrations and text by Spencer Baird are still considered to be among the best of the early ornithological works on American birds." (Brown University, The Robert S. and Margaret A. Ames Collection of Illustrated Books, online).
The plates here are:
Vol. XII, Book 2, Plate XI: Falco Nigricepsl (Duck Hawk, or Peregrine Falcon);
Vol. XII, Book 2, Plate XVI: Cooper Hawk, or "California Hawk."