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    Written by: Michael Dalby 3/14/2008 8:54 AM 

    Canis familiaris

    The Cleveland Public Library owns a copy of the 1845 edition of the Quadrupeds of North AmericaThe viviparous quadrupeds of North America / by John James Audubon and the Revd. John Bachman that includes three volumes of text and three portfolios each with 50 folio sized illustrations. This work, with illustrations by Audubon and text by John Bachman, followed the publication of Audubon's Birds of America, was an attempt at depiction of the quadrupeds of "the British and Russian possessions in American, the whole of the United States and their territories, California, and that part of Mexico north of the Tropic of Cancer."  The project consumed twelve years of Audubon's life. Audubon made many studies of the animals in their natural habitats and collected many skins. With the help of his sons John Woodhouse and Victor, Audubon was finally able to start issuing the prints by subscription beginning in 1842, with the first volume of 50 plates published in 1845.  

    Visit the Special Collection Department on the 3rd Floor of the Main Library Building to view any of these beautiful prints.


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