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Audubon’s Black-Tailed Hare from a Specimen Collected in Texas



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25.     AUDUBON, J[ohn] J[ames]. Lepus Nigricaudatus, Bennet, Black-Tailed Hare. Male. Natural Size [at top] No. 13 | Plate LXIII. [below] Drawn from Nature by J.J. Audubon, F.R.S. F.L.S. | Lithd. Printed & Cold. by J.T. Bowen, Philada. 1845. Philadelphia, 1845. Hand-colored lithograph. Image: 40 x 60 cm; image and text: 46.5 x 60 cm; overall sheet size: 54 x 69.7 cm. Light browning at blank margins and a few light finger marks, overall fine.

     First edition. Handbook of Texas Online: John James Audubon:

In April 1837 Audubon and his son John left New Orleans aboard the United States revenue cutter Campbell on an expedition along the Gulf Coast to the new Republic of Texas. They arrived at Galveston Bay toward the end of the month and were officially greeted there by the secretary of the Texas Navy, Samuel Rhoads Fisher. They next visited the capitol at Houston, where they met with President Sam Houston in his dog-trot cabin. While in Texas they observed a large number of previously known birds….

During the 1840s Audubon worked on a second great project, The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America…. [Audubon’s] Quadrupeds contains more plates drawn from Texas specimens than does the Birds of America…. Among the Texas Quadrupeds drawn by John James Audubon are the Orange-bellied Squirrel, the Cotton Rat, the Collared Peccary, and the Black-Tailed Hare. Many of the Quadruped specimens were obtained by John W. Audubon on his second trip to Texas in 1845-46.



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