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The Natural History of Parrots. The Naturalist's Library. Ornithology. Vol VI
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The Natural History of Parrots. The Naturalist's Library. Ornithology. Vol VI

By Prideaux J Selby, Sir William Jardine [editor]

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1836 A good copy of the first edition with 30 hand coloured plates engraved from drawings by Edward Lear. In original publisher's cobbled brown (originally purple) cloth binding with gilt titles to spine. The binding has been rebacked retaining the original spine and is sound and clean. There is some fading to spine and board edges and slight bumping to corners. The original green endpapers are present with the bookplate of Francis Hemming, the noted entomologist to the front pastedown. The fep has some fraying and damage and the endpaper joints have been repaired. Contents: half title; black and white frontispiece portrait of Thomas Bewick and tissue guard; hand coloured vignette title page with 2 parrots; 2 further title pages; an advertisement extolling the virtues of Edward Lear's pictures; contents listing; Memoir of Thomas Bewick (by the Reverend Turner); text with 30 hand coloured plates; and publisher's catalogues bound at the rear. One of these is a prospectus for the Naturalist's Library and advertises the next 2 volumes to be published: Birds of West Africa. A large number of the text pages are unopened. There is browning to top margins and general light toning to paper. The plates are generally bright and clean - plate 1 has a small mark to the side. All the plates have tissue guards - some have considerable offsetting from the plates. There is a very slight musty/smokey smell when the book is opened.

$433.44

A History of British Birds. The figures engraved on wood by Thomas Bewick. Parts I & II
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A History of British Birds. The figures engraved on wood by Thomas Bewick. Parts I & II

By Thomas Bewick

Newcastle, London: Printed by Edward Walker, for T Bewick and sold by him and Longman and Co, 1809 A very good copy of the 3rd edition of Bewick's birds, with the 2 parts, Land Birds and Water Birds, in one volume as issued. This copy is in a contemporary full leather binding, with raised bands, gilt decoration and title label to spine; and gilt decoration to board edges. There is some scuffing and wear, particularly to the side edge of the front board and to corners, but the binding is sound and clean. Endpapers marbled. Contents: title part I; preface, introduction, technical terms, contents for part I and II pp xlii; text pp 43-327; vignette; title part II, preface, introduction pp xviii; text pp 19-360 finis. The second part has the Green Sandpiper at p 100 and is also slightly misbound: 241-251....266-246...250-267. Contents in very good clean condition with the usual light toning and odd mark.

$331.85

The Naturalist's Library, Ornithology. Vol. X. Flycatchers
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The Naturalist's Library, Ornithology. Vol. X. Flycatchers

By William Swainson, Sir William Jardine - editor

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1838 A very good copy of the 1st edition in the original publisher's cloth binding with 31 hand coloured plates and a hand coloured vignette title page. The binding has been rebacked, retaining the original spine, and is bright, clean and sound. The corners have light wear and there is some fading to edges as usual. The original green endpapers have been retained with repair. Contents: half title; black and white frontispiece portrait of Haller with tissue guard; hand coloured vignette title page with picture of Green Tody; 2 further title pages; advert; contents listing; Memoir of Baron Haller; text; and 31 hand coloured plates bound at the rear. Most of the text pages are unopened. There is light toning to page edges and the plate paper is lightly toned. Plates well coloured with offsetting to tissue guards. There are small repairs to 2 tissue guards and plate 31 lacks a guard.

$162.54

The Natural History of Gallinaceous Birds. The Naturalist's Library. Ornithology. Vol.III
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The Natural History of Gallinaceous Birds. The Naturalist's Library. Ornithology. Vol.III

By Sir William Jardine

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1834 A good to very good copy of the 1st edition of Volume I of Gallinaceous Birds (covering varieties of domestic and wild fowl eg turkeys, pheasants), in the publisher's brown cloth binding. With black and white frontispiece portrait of Aristotle; hand coloured vignette title page with a picture of a cockerel; 2 further title pages; contents listing; Memoir of Aristotle; and text with black and white illustrations and 30 hand coloured plates. 29 plates are listed in the contents index but there are 2 versions of plate 18. 32pp of advertisements and a 4 page yellow geographical works advert at the rear. The cloth binding is in good condition, being clean with light fading to the spine. The spine has some pulling and the bottom corners are bumped. There is small indentation to the top edge of the front board. The original green watermarked endpapers are present. Contents are very clean and some text is unopened. The frontispiece lacks its tissue guard. Stitching is visible at some points and slgihtly wobbly.

$162.54

The Natural History of the Birds of Great Britain and Ireland. Part II. Incessores. The Naturalist's Library, Ornithology Vol.X
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The Natural History of the Birds of Great Britain and Ireland. Part II. Incessores. The Naturalist's Library, Ornithology Vol.X

By Sir William Jardine

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1839 A very good copy of the 1st edition of Part II of Birds of Great Britain and Ireland in the original publisher's cloth binding. This volume covers a range of familiar birds from bullfinches to wrens. Contents: volume listing; half title; black and white frontispiece portrait of William Smellie with tissue guard; hand coloured vignette title page showing a robin; 2 further title pages; publisher's advert; contents listing; Memoir of William Smellie; text with black and white illustrations and 30 hand coloured plates bound at the rear. The original binding has been rebacked, relaying the original spine, and is sound and tight. There is light scuffing to the boards, which have wear to corners with some cloth loss, and fading towards the edges. New endpapers have been added. Contents are very clean with light toning to page edges and the very occasional spot. The plates are without tissue guards.

$162.54

The Natural History of Pigeons. The Naturalist's Library, Ornithology Vol V Gallinaceous Birds, Part III
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The Natural History of Pigeons. The Naturalist's Library, Ornithology Vol V Gallinaceous Birds, Part III

By Prideaux John Selby, Andrew Crichton, Sir William Jardine - editor

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1835 A very good copy of the first edition in the original publisher's cloth binding with 30 hand coloured plates of pigeons from drawings by Edward Lear. Lear provided the illustrations for Pigeons and Parrots in the Naturalist's Library, and his work is distinctive for its accuracy combined with an ability to make the subject seem alive. Contents: volume listing; half title with signature to top; black and white frontispiece portrait of Pliny with tissue guard; hand coloured vignette title page with ring pigeons; 2 further title pages; publisher's advert; contents listing; Memoir of Pliny by Andrew Crichton; and text with black and white illustrations and 30 hand coloured plates. Publisher's catalogues at the rear. The binding is faded to spine and board edges. The spine is slightly cocked with pulling at the top and bottom. Bottom corners bumped. Internally the original green endpapers are present with repair to the front join and a small hole in the rear endpaper join. Plates and text are very clean with beautiful colouring to the plates. There is the occasional spot, mostly to tissue-guards, with one section of spotty text. A couple of gathers are slightly loose but the book is sound. The original owner has written the latin name of each bird neatly on its accompanying tissue guard. Light toning to text and plate edges.

$216.72

The Ornithologist\'s Guide to the Islands of Orkney and Shetland.
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The Ornithologist's Guide to the Islands of Orkney and Shetland.

By Robert Dunn

London: Printed by Richard Tayor for the Author, 1837 A fair copy of the 1st edition in contemporary full leather binding with black and white frontispiece and folding map of Shetland. Classed as 'fair' because it lacks the map of Orkney. It is otherwise in very good clean condition. Robert Dunn titles himself as an 'animal-preserver' - which, sadly, does not mean that he was a conservationist. The book is a full account of his travels and the various species that he encountered and then shot (and presumably stuffed when he was back home). The binding is in very good condition with faded gilt titles down the spine and plain boards with ruled lines to edges. It has general wear to spine joints and edges and a small scuff and a mark to the front board. The original endpapers are present - there is a small split developing at the rear endpaper joint. Contents with advertising sheet; half title; frontispiece; title page - with small signature to the top; dedication; introduction; notice to subscribers; folding map of Shetland; text 128pp; 2 final blanks. Very clean internally.

$297.99

The Natural History of Humming Birds. Volumes I & II. The Naturalist's Library. Ornithology.
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The Natural History of Humming Birds. Volumes I & II. The Naturalist's Library. Ornithology.

By Sir William Jardine

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1834 1st edition, second printing, of humming birds in the original publisher's cloth bindings, with 64 hand coloured plates. The bindings are sound and clean. Both have been rebacked preserving the original spine. Vol I has slight bubbling to the cloth; a bump to the rear bottom corner; a small lighter spot on the front board and fading to edges and spine. Vol II has some wear and bumping to corners; the front board has mottling and some fading to edges. The original green endpapers are present in both volumes with repair. Vol I: frontispiece black and white portrait of 'Linnaeus in his Lapland Dress'; hand coloured vignette title page; 2 further title pages dated 1834 (a year after the first printing); publisher's advert; contents listing; Memoir of Linnaeus; and text with black and white illustrations and 34 hand coloured plates bound at the rear; 23pp publisher's catalogue. Vol.II: half title; black and white frontispiece portrait of Pennant; hand coloured vignette title page; 2 further title pages dated 1833 together with an additional title page for Vol I; contents listing; advert; Memoir of Pennant; text with 30 hand coloured plates; synopsis; index; and a range of publisher's adverts - 166 pages in all. Vol I has foxing, particularly to the early pages and to the page edges. The plates have light brown toning, but Plate I is very browned. There is the odd spot to plates but this is mostly to the verso. 5 plates lack tissue guards. Vol II is brighter, and although with occasional spotting eg initial text, gutter to pp 30-35; the plates are generally bright and clean. Plates 1 and 2 have a couple of spots with more spots to verso and tissue guards; plates 27 and 28 have a couple of small spots. Please enquire if you would like to see additional images. As usual with editions bound in the publisher's cloth, page edges are untrimmed.

$514.71

The Natural History of Humming Birds. Volumes I & II. The Naturalist's Library. Ornithology.
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The Natural History of Humming Birds. Volumes I & II. The Naturalist's Library. Ornithology.

By Sir William Jardine

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1833 1st edition in the original publisher's binding, with 64 hand coloured plates. Humming birds Vol I was the first volume issued in the Naturalist's Library, and this copy of Vol I has a 'Notice of the Naturalist's Library' by Professor Rennie extolling the virtues of the new series, making it a first issue. Both volumes are in their original state with the publisher's (now brown) cloth binding with gilt titles to spine, and green endpapers with the Naturalists' Library watermark to the front endpaper. Both volumes have some fading to the spine and edges, and light pulling to the spine. Corners lightly bumped. Vol I has a couple of small idents to the side of the boards. Vol I has an armorial bookplate of Sir Henry Jardine (1766-1851, related to Sir William Jardine) to the front pastedown. Contents: notice for the series; adverts for North American Ornithology; half title; frontispiece black and white portrait of Linnaeus; hand coloured vignette title page; one further title page; contents listing; advert; Memoir of Linnaeus; and text with black and white illustrations and 34 hand coloured plates - 147 pages in all; publisher's adverts to rear. Vol.II: half title; black and white frontispiece portrait of Pennant; hand coloured vignette title page; 3 further title pages (one for insertion into Vol I); contents listing; advert; Memoir of Pennant; text with 30 hand coloured plates; synopsis; index; and publisher's advert - 166 pages in all. Both volumes are generally clean. Vol I has some lettering and a little grubbiness to the front pastedown and some light unobtrusive foxing in places. The rear free endpaper has the imprint of some figures. Vol II has some offsetting and spotting to tissue guards and the occasional spotting to plates. Both are very good copies. Please ask for additional images if you would like to further assess condition.

$704.34

Birds of Great Britain and Ireland. Order Passeres, complete in two volumes
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Birds of Great Britain and Ireland. Order Passeres, complete in two volumes

By Arthur G Butler

London : Caxton Publishing Company A good copy, complete with 115 colour-printed plates in new quarter cloth binding with marbled boards. Undated but 1907/8. The plates by Henrik Gronvold and Frederick Frohawk are beautiful. The binding is 'as new' with new endpapers.Top page edges gilt, remainder untrimmed. Contents - Vol I: 4 plates of eggs; title page; contents list; introduction; text with 56 plates; 210pp. Vol II: 4 plates of eggs; title page; contents; text with 51 plates; appendix; index 215pp. Text pages with some spotting, particularly to top margins, and light toning towards edges. Plates with tissue guards, some of which are creased or with slight damage. Plates themselves clean and mostly not affected by spotting. Contents slight dusty smell on opening.

$358.94

The Natural History of the Nectariniadae, or Sun-Birds.
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The Natural History of the Nectariniadae, or Sun-Birds.

By Sir William Jardine

Edinburgh: W H Lizars, 1843 A good copy of the 1st edition of Sun-Birds from Jardine's Naturalists' Library in the original brown cloth binding. With hand-coloured vignette title page and 30 hand-coloured plates at the rear. Sun-Birds is one of the scarcer titles in the series. The binding has been rebacked, relaying the original spine, so it is sound and tight. There is slight fading to edges and some corner bumping, but overall the binding is in very good condition. New endpapers. Contents: volume listing; frontispiece portrait of Willoughby; vignette title page; 2 further title pages; advert; contents; text and 30 plates at the rear. There is no plate numbered 28, but there are 2 different versions of plate 29. The text pages are very brown-toned, particularly at the top and side margin. The odd corner has been turned over. The plate paper is also toned, although less than the text. There is some marking around the margins of plates. Plate 21 has an old crease at the top corner. Please enquire if you would like to see further images to assess condition.

$297.99

British Tits
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British Tits

By C M Perrins

London : Collins, 1979 A very good copy of the 1st edition in fair wrapper. Part of Collins' New Naturalist series. The wrapper has some staining (more noticeable on the verso) and some nibbling/tearing, with a little loss. It is in a removable protective wrap. Binding bright and clean with light bumping to corners. Contents in very good clean condition with light toning to page edges. Slight musty odour - book appears to have been in storage for a while.

$13.55

The Natural History of Game Birds. The Naturalist's Library. Ornithology. Vol IV. Gallinaceous Birds, Part II.
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The Natural History of Game Birds. The Naturalist's Library. Ornithology. Vol IV. Gallinaceous Birds, Part II.

By Sir William Jardine

Edinburgh: W H Lizars, 1834 A fair copy of the 1st edition in the original publisher's cloth binding with 30 hand coloured plates of game birds. With half title; black and white frontispiece portrait of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles; hand coloured vignette title page with red grouse; 2 further title pages; advert; contents listing; Memoir of Raffles; text with 30 hand coloured plates; and publisher's catalogue bound at the rear. The binding is in very good condition with bright gilt title label and only slight sunning to the spine and a couple of very faint small marks to the back board. The original endpapers are present. The contents are generally clean but the stitching is beginning to fail, so the book is currently sound but some sections are wobbly, and it will require repair at some point. There is no tissue-guard between the frontispiece and the vignette title page, so there is some spotting to both. Otherwise, plates are clean and text is generally clean with some toning to edges and the occasional light mark.

$149.00

A New Dictionary of Natural History; or, Compleat Universal Display of Animated Nature with accurate representations of the most curious and beautiful animals, elegantly coloured
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A New Dictionary of Natural History; or, Compleat Universal Display of Animated Nature with accurate representations of the most curious and beautiful animals, elegantly coloured

By William Frederic Martyn

London : Harrison and Co , 1785 A rare and beautiful introduction to natural history. In 2 folio volumes with 99 (of 100) hand coloured plates by Moses Harris and others after his style. Martyn is a pseudonym for William Fordyce Mavor, who authored a wide range of works. The books are set out alphabetically, with the plates reflecting this classification, so they can portray lizards and lynx side by side on the same plate. The pages are double column and unpaginated. The text for each animal is thoughtfully put together eg for the guinea pig 'The Guinea-Pig is a very cleanly creature and totally different from that that affords it a name....Guinea-Pigs repose on their bellies, pretty much in their usual posture...'. The plates are nicely coloured and the ones by Moses Harris (butterflies, moths and shells) are particularly well drawn. This copy is in a contemporary half leather binding with marbled boards. The half leather corners have been replaced with a paper cover. There is some wear to boards and corners but overall they are in good condition. The spines are leather with raised bands and gilt decoration. There are title and volume labels. There is some wear to joints, particularly on Vol I, where there is some cracking at the front hinge, but the bindings are currently sound. Contents generally clean with occasional marking and some edge tearing. There are some pencil notes at the beginning of both volumes. The paper used in this work is particularly soft and prone to edge-tearing. Vol I: red and black title page; Preface; covers A-K; 55 plates; new rear endpaper. A couple of plates have margin/edge tears - Plate I has tear at the top margin with a small piece missing at the corner and a tear at the bottom margin again missing corners; Plate XLVII has a small piece missing from the bottom edge and a repair. The title page has a small hole and 2 repaired edge tears. Vol II: 44 of 45 plates; title page in red and black; text and plates L-Z; 2pp listing of plates; Finis. There is some offsetting from plates to text, occasional browning to pages; and some edge-tearing. Please enquire if you would like more images to assess condition.

$3386.25

The Naturalist's Library. Ornithology. Vol XIV. Birds of Great Britain and Ireland. Part IV. Natatores
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The Naturalist's Library. Ornithology. Vol XIV. Birds of Great Britain and Ireland. Part IV. Natatores

By Sir William Jardine

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1843 A good copy of the 1st edition of the final volume in Jardine's Naturalist's Library in the original publisher's binding. This volume covers the Natatores which include seagulls, puffins and ducks. With volume listing; black and white frontispiece portrait of Wilson; black and white vignette title page of seagulls; 2 further title pages; publisher's advert; contents listing; Memoir of Alexander Wilson; text with black and white illustrations; directions for the binder; and 31 hand coloured plates. A set of title pages for the entire series is also bound in. This was done in case subscribers wanted to rebind their sets using title pages with the same date - 1843. The binding is in good to very good condition. It has some fading and a little pulling to the spine and is slightly shaken. The top of the spine is beginning to fray a little. The top corners of the boards are slightly bumped. The original green endpapers are present. Text is clean with the occasional spot. Some initial plates are without tissue guards or have spotty guards, and they have some browning to the edges. Later plates are better - paper has some light toning to edges. There is a small mark to the rear pastedown.

$176.09

The Naturalist's Library. Ornithology. Vol IX. Birds of Great Britain and Ireland. Part 1. Birds of Prey
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The Naturalist's Library. Ornithology. Vol IX. Birds of Great Britain and Ireland. Part 1. Birds of Prey

By Sir William Jardine

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1838 A very good copy of the 1st edition of Part 1 of Birds of Great Britain and Ireland from the Naturalist's Library. In the original publisher's cloth binding with gilt titles to spine with 34 hand coloured plates as called for. Containing list of volumes in the series; frontispiece portrait of Sir Robert Sibbald; black and white vignette title page (2 people hunting with birds); 2 further title pages; publisher's advert; contents listing; Memoir of Sir Robert Sibbald; text with black and white illustrations; and 34 hand coloured plates bound at the rear. The binding is very clean. It has slight fading to the spine, and very slight bumping to corners. The original endpapers are present. The contents are very clean and bright with lwell- coloured plates. There is some light spotting to frontispiece and vignette title page and some offsetting from the plates to the tissue-guards. Plates have light toning to edges.

$243.81

A History of the Birds of Europe, not observed in the British Isles
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A History of the Birds of Europe, not observed in the British Isles

By Charles Robert Bree

London : George Bell and Sons, 1875 A good set of the 5 volume second edition in the original decorative cloth binding. With 252 hand coloured plates of birds and eggs. The bindings have slight fading to spines, bumping and wear to corners and are slightly shaken (most noticeable in vols III-V), but all are sound. The contents are generally in very good clean condition. There is occasional spotting - most pronounced in Vol IV. Vol I: 150 pp plus publisher's catalogue; 53 plates; small faded area to fep, small chip to spine, text and plates very clean. Vol II: 171pp plus publisher's catalogue; 53 plates; some text pages unopened, text and plates very clean. Vol III: 176pp plus publisher's catalogue; 50 plates; some text pages unopened, a little brown spotting. Vol IV: 180pp plus publisher's catalogue; 51 plates; some spotting - noticeable on around 8 plates. Vol V: 175pp inlcuding list of European Birds and index, with publisher's catalogue; 45 plates; a little light spotting but generally clean. A nice set.

$1219.05

The Natural History of the Birds of Great Britain and Ireland. Part I. Birds of PreyThe Naturalist's Library. Ornithology. Vol IX
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The Natural History of the Birds of Great Britain and Ireland. Part I. Birds of PreyThe Naturalist's Library. Ornithology. Vol IX

By Sir William Jardine

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1838 A good to very good copy of the 1st edition of Part 1 of Birds of Great Britain and Ireland from the Naturalist's Library. In the publisher's 'luxury' green leather binding with aeg. Issued as a volume rather than in parts, this has a different vignette title page to the norm (the title is different). With black and white frontispiece portrait of Sibbald, vignette title page, a further title page, publisher's advert; contents listing; Memoir of Sir Robert Sibbald; text with black and white illustrations; and 34 hand coloured plates. The binding has wear to edges and to spine joints (particularly at the front), and also to corners. There is scuffing particularly to the top edges of the boards. The original yellow endpapers are present with a small ink signature to the front pastedown. Both front and rear endpapers have slight grubbiness. There is a small split to the top 2cm of the joint of the fep with the book block. The contents are very bright and clean and the plates beautifully coloured. The original page marker is present, although detached. Some page corners have been turned over. There is loss to the bottom left margin of plate 26 which does not affect the image (an owl).

$162.54

The Natural History of Gallinaceous Birds. The Naturalist's Library. Ornithology. Vol.III
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The Natural History of Gallinaceous Birds. The Naturalist's Library. Ornithology. Vol.III

By Sir William Jardine

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1836 A good copy of the 1st edition of Volume I of Gallinaceous Birds (covering varieties of domestic and wild fowl eg turkeys, pheasants), in the publisher's green leather binding. A 1st edition volume but issued separately as a complete volume, in a more expensive binding with gilt page edges, a different vignette title page, and a page marker. The dates on these vary (we have seen one with an earlier date than normal!). With black and white frontispiece portrait of Aristotle; hand coloured vignette title page with a picture of a cockerel; a further title pages; advert; contents listing; Memoir of Aristotle; and text with black and white illustrations and 30 hand coloured plates. 29 plates are listed in the contents index but there are 2 versions of plate 18. Classed as 'good' because the binding has wear to the edges and spine joints (although the binding is sound) and there is scuffing, particularly to the back board. The contents are in very good clean condition with particularly nice colouring to the plates. 2 plates are lacking tissue guards and there is occasional offsetting from plates. There is a small piece missing from the base of p189 with no loss to text.

$243.81

The Handbook of British Birds Vol II, Warblers to Owls
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The Handbook of British Birds Vol II, Warblers to Owls

By H F Witherby, F C R Jourdain, Norman F Ticehurst, Bernard W Tucker

LONDON: H F & G Witherby Ltd, 1948 A good copy of the 5th impression of Witherby's Birds Vol II in fair to good dustwrapper. The wrapper is clean but with some edge tearing and nibbling. The blue cloth binding is clean and bright with a little fading at the top - it is shaken at the rear and there is an indentation across the back board. The contents are very bright and clean with some spotting to page edges visible when the book is closed. Profusely illustrated.

$9.48

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