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The Book of Birds: edited and abridged from the text of Buffon by  Benjamin Clarke [translator] M Achille Comte - 1st Edition - 1841 - from E C Books and

The Book of Birds: edited and abridged from the text of Buffon

by M Achille Comte, Benjamin Clarke [translator]

Condition: Fair/N

London : R Tyas, 1841 A fair copy in contemporary half leather binding with marbled boards and marbled page edges. With 38 pages of delicate hand coloured engravings. This work is scarce, particularly because the paper used is very prone to acid decay. The binding has compartments to spine and gilt titles. Internally, there is an armorial bookplate of Walter Somerville Gurney to the front pastedown. With half title, black and white decorative title page, and plain title page; 292 pages of text; and publisher's advertisements at the rear. The plates are tissue-guarded and have several bird images per plate - many grouped in an attempt to show how they would be in a natural setting. The binding is rubbed to all surfaces and there is wear to corners and spine joints. There is a small tear at the top of the spine. Internally the endpapers are marbled and the book block is splitting from the binding at the front endpaper - which could be easily repaired. The preliminaries and title pages are loose. There is an ink number written on a blank preliminary page. The text pages generally have light brown toning. The plates are very clean and bright. There is very occasional spotting.

  • Bookseller: E C Books GB (GB)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 031209
  • Title: The Book of Birds: edited and abridged from the text of Buffon
  • Author: M Achille Comte, Benjamin Clarke [translator]
  • Illustrator:Victor Adam
  • Format/binding:Half-Leather
  • Book condition: Used - Fair
  • Jacket condition: N
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: 1st Edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: R Tyas
  • Place: London
  • Date published: 1841
  • Keywords: ornithology, hand coloured engravings, 19th century ornithology, tyas, victor adam, walter somerville gurney
  • Bookseller catalogs: NATURAL HISTORY; birds;
  • Subjects: NATURE / Birds & Birdwatching;
  • Size: 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall


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