John James Audubon’s The birds of America [other title:] Early subscriber’s set of George Lane Fox (catalogue for an auction conducted by Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc., New York, 10 March 2003)
New York, Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc., 2000
(27 cm), 93 pp., illustrations (some in colour). 1 lot. Publisher’s grey cloth, pictorial dust jacket. - The Audubon is a subscriber’s copy, collected by the landowner and MP George Lane Fox (1793-1848), who bound it in four volumes about 1838. The set remained in the family until consigned by Fox’s great-grandson to Sotheby’s in 1909, where it was purchased by Bernard Quaritch, and afterwards sold to John, fourth Marquess of Bute (1881-1947). It realised $8 million. Saleroom report in The Book Collector, Summer 2000, p.273. ¶ Unmarked copy.