Ornithological Biography

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Ornithological Biography or, An Account of the Habits of the Birds of the United States of America; Accompanied by Descriptions of the Objects Represented in the Work Entitled The Birds of America, and Interspersed with Delineations of American Scenery and Manners.
by John James Audubon

In 1831 Audubon published this as a companion to Birds of America, which contained only engraved captions. The works were separated in this fashion because they were published in the United Kingdom where all publishers of written material were required to donate a copy to each public library. So it was arranged that Birds of America contained no written material as it would have been too expensive to make so many free copies. Later on a smaller more affordable edition was published combining the pictures and descriptions in one work.