Plate 215 RED & BLACK SHOULDERED MARSH BLACK BIRD, 1st Edition Octavo
(This print is matted all text is on the print just covered by the mat. Additionally, this photo was shot through shrink wrap so it may appear unclear.) The Octavo Editions, called THE BIRDS OF AMERICA from Drawings Made in the United States and its Territories, was published in seven volumes by the author and J.B. Chevalier, New York and Philadelphia, 1840-1844. Unlike the Havell edition, this was issued with text and was considerably smaller--about 10.5" x 6.5". The plates, lithographed in color, measure, again, 10.5" x 6.5". They bear the same legend as the Havell edition except that in the lower right-hand corner, J.T. Bowen is shown as the lithographer.