Wilson, American Ornithology … :
WILSON, Alexander (1766-1813). American Ornithology; or, The Natural History of the Birds of the United States. Philadelphia: Bradford and Inskeep, 1808-1814. 9 volumes (13 4/8 x 10 inches). 7-page subscriber's list at end. 76 engraved plates after Wilson by Alexander Lawson, G. Murray, Benjamin Tanner and J.G. Warnicke with contemporary hand-colour . 19th century half red morocco by N.G. Hawley of Rochester, N.Y. Provenance: Armorial bookplate of A.J. Porier on each front paste-down. First edition, first issue with the Preface dated October 1st and the sentence beginning on line 23 on page 33 "Tho it is believed."