New York: J. J. Audbon, 86 White Street. Philadelphia: J. B. Chevalier, 72 Dock Street, 1839. llustrated with 24 full page lithographs, with tissue guards. Printed and coloured by J. T. Bowen. There are five plates in each part, except part 3: plate 11, 10 [sic], 14, and 15.
First Octavo edition in parts. No. 1 - 5. ii,  - 104 only. The set was issued in 100 parts. The lists of subscribers are printed on the inside of each wrapper.
Royal octavo (27 x 16.7 cms), original blue wrappers decoratively stamped and lettered in black. In custom blue cloth four way folding box, inside full blue morocco clam shell box decorated and lettered in gilt (new). Wrappers on part 3 detached (but present), tissue guards lacking for plate 5, part 1; some rubbing and browning of some edges of wrappers. Interiors with slight browning and brown spots, most plates very slightly affected.