A fine stone lithograph print of the ring-tailed bassaris, from of The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. Following the octavo Birds of America, the Audubons ( J.J. and his two sons, John W. and Victor G.) published and issued an Imperial Folio Edition of The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. From 1845-48, the Audubons issued, by subscription, 150 hand colored stone lithographed images of mammals of North America, with each sheet measuring about 22” x 28”. Perhaps 300 sets of these prints were sold, and were generally bound into two volumes.
This animal was drawn by John Woodhouse Audubon and Victor Gifford Audubon probably contributed to the background. This is a hand-colored stone lithograph is marked No. 20, Plate XVCIII, drawn on stone by J.W. Audubon, and printed by the highly skilled printer James T. Bowen of Philadelphia, dated 1846. Excellent overall condition, matted under glass in a molded giltwood frame, with minor imperfections and frame losses. Dimensions: 25 ½” h x 20 ½” w, sight; 33 ⅛” h x 27 ⅜” w, framed.
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