Birds of North America


Date: Circa 1822-1824 | Size: 2 volume(s), 2 volumes, 633 p.


Detailed notes from Alexander Wilson's "American ornithology," including item numbers from Peale's museum. Also two loose pages in vol. 1 attributed to John Abbot; Case for 2 volumes says "George Ord -- Birds of North America. Original manuscript."

Background note

Swainson, a notable naturalist, was also a skilled botanical draughtsman and a competent water color artist.

Collection Information

Physical description

2 volumes.


William Reese, purchase, $1,500.00.

Early American History Note

These two volumes contain William Swainson's notes on birds. Each entry on a bird contains a detailed description of the bird and, when appropriate, a reference to the bird's location in Peale's Museum or its description in Alexander Wilson's American Ornithology.

Indexing Terms


  • Notebooks
  • Scientific Data


  • Natural history
  • Science and technology