Overall: 19 1/2 x 17 in. ( 49.5 x 43.2 cm )
Silk lithographed presentation broadside of the Mercantile Library Association; printed text and floral scroll decoration in the corners and sides in blue ink on white silk;embroidered with white silk thread across the top and down the sides; silk embroidered ribbon with a floral pattern in green, pink, and blue with blue fringe; attached to wooden roller with nails at top.
printed: bottom right: Henry Spear, Printer, 62 Wall Street, corner of Pearl printed: all over: "The Birds of America/ BY JOHN JAMES AUDUBON, F.R.S.S.L. & E./ PRESENTED TO THE / MERCANTILE LIBRARY ASSOCIATION,/ BY A MEMBER OF ITS MEMBERS AND FRIENDS./ The funds appropriated to this work havebeen raised as follows:/ A SUBSCRIPTION in which the amount to be given to each subscriber was limited to FIFTY/ ..."
This broadside was made to announce the aquisition of by the Mercantile Library Association of New York, March 4, 1841, of a set of the Elephant folio edition of the "Birds of America", by John James Audubon.
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