DOUGHTY, John and Thomas(1793-1856). The Cabinet of Natural History and American Rural Sports. Philadelphia: J. & T. Doughty, 1830-1833

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DOUGHTY, John and Thomas(1793-1856). The Cabinet of Natural History and American Rural Sports. Philadelphia: J. & T. Doughty, 1830-1833.


3 volumes in 2. 4to., (11 x 8 6/8 inches). Engraved frontispiece portraits of Peale and Bartram in parts one and II respectively, engraved vignette title-pages to each volume, 55 (of 56) numbered engraved plates, 52 with fine original hand-colour, one heightened with gold, some heightened with gum arabic, 3 plates uncoloured (lacking plate 7 in volume III, last plate of volume II with closed marginal tears). Volumes one and II in contemporary calf (worn at the extremities), Volume III in contemporary drab paper boards, backed with modern natural linen cloth (a bit rubbed).

Provenance: from the distinguished library of H. Bradley Martin, with his book label on the front paste-down of each volume, his sale, Sotheby's New York, December 12th, 1989, lot 1450

"The Doughtys' "Cabinet" is an odd amalgam of natural history, sporting accounts, travel narratives, and practical advice for the countryman. This was the first major book issued in the United States to be illustrated with hand-coloured lithographic plates, preceded only by three minor books in the 1820s. It marks the beginning of the dominance of lithography in book illustration, although the process had been commercially viable in America for a decade" (Reese).

Thomas Doughty, one of America's greatest landscape painters "apparently taught himself how to paint, and around 1816 he painted his first landscapes. It was also at this time that he listed his occupation as "painter" in the Philadelphia register, among the first American artists to do so. He was an avid hunter and fisherman whose intense love of nature inspired him to capture the serenity and joy he experienced in the wooded hills and along the quiet streams of the Northeast" (Britt Steen Zuñiga for DNB). Bennett, page 35; Henderson, page 37;Howes D433; Reese, American Color Plate Books 12.