31. AUDUBON, J[ohn] W[oodhouse]. Felis Concolor, Linn. The Cougar. Male [at top] No. 20. | Plate XCVI. [below] Drawn from Nature by J.W. Audubon. | Lithd., Printed & Cold. by J.T. Bowen, Philada. 1846. Philadelphia, 1846. Hand-colored lithograph. Image: 45.8 x 64.1 cm; image and text: 49.3 x 64.1 cm; overall sheet size: 54.4 x 69.3 cm. Slightly yellowed at blank margins, otherwise very fine, old stab holes at top blank margin where formerly bound in book. Matted, maple frame, and under Plexiglas.
First edition. This print will be included in Dr. Tyler’s forthcoming work on nineteenth-century lithographs of Texas. The mountain lion (Felis concolor) formerly was found throughout Texas but now occurs only in the Trans-Pecos mountains and as an occasional wanderer in forested East Texas. This dramatic image shows a sleek, powerfully built, yellow-eyed cougar in a mountain landscape subduing prey.
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