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1 Collection of Eight Bird Prize Cards
Johnstone, UK David Ritchie 1893-1901 NA Very Good 
Highly decorative cards with colored oval cameos of birds framed by gilt decorated morocco! Each measuring 17 by 13.5 cm. The cards were the equivalent of ribbons used in other fancier competitiions, and they came with string by which they could be easily hung on a wall. The front decorative side states the prize (first, second, third, special, etc.); the category -- buff piebald cock, hen, etc.; the club where the competition took place and the date of the competition. The verso leaves space for the entry of the name of the winner, and contains printed information on the printer, David Ritchie. Whatever the bird category, the actual bird depicted in the cameo is a stylized version of a canary or dove. None of these particular cards have any writing at all, and so they were clearly unused. There is minor scattered soiling, but all remain highly attractive. One is lacking the original string entirely. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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Comus Diamond Jubilee 1857 1931 Comus Carnival Bulletin
2 Comus Diamond Jubilee 1857 1931 Comus Carnival Bulletin
New Orleans Carnival Press 1931 First Edition Wraps. Brochure Near Fine 
Colorful Mardi Gras commemoration, with 20 color plates depicting the whimsical parade avian or ornithological chariots of that year organized under the auspices of the Mistick Krewe of Comus. 4to. 30 by 22.5 cm. Unpaginated, 36 pp., plus wraps. Also two colorized photo plates -- one of the New Orleans City Hall, the other, St. Louis Cathedral. Only two copies located on OCLC FirstServe (Tulane, Historic New Orleans Collection). Also with advertisements -- the colorized photos are part of ads, and other ads sometimes come with black and white photos. Light wear. 
Price: 375.00 USD
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The Natural History of Birds; Containing a Variety of Fact, Selected from Several Writers, Illustrated with Upwards of One Hundred Copper-plate.  In Three Volumes (Three volumes bound in one)
3 The Natural History of Birds; Containing a Variety of Fact, Selected from Several Writers, Illustrated with Upwards of One Hundred Copper-plate. In Three Volumes (Three volumes bound in one)
London J. Johnson 1786 First Edition Full Calf Very Good Plus 
A splendid eighteenth century ornithological work with 116 hand-colored plates. 12mo. 7 by 4", 18 by 10 cm. 91, [1], 3-77, [2], 72, 56, 83, 233, [1] pp. The illustrations are simple, straightforward and accurate, and the coloring was done with care and sensitivity, creating uniformly lovely and reliable images of birds of all types found around the world. The accompanying text describes each of the species and is full of quaintness and charm. The plates and text are generally clean, with light age toning and occasional soiling and/or foxing few would find troublesome. Modern calf with marbled endpapers. 
Price: 3200.00 USD
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4 [Manuscript] Ornithology
Half Morocco Very Good 
N.d., circa 1830s. Folio, 36 by 27 cm. 192 numbered pages, 22 of which are given over to striking illustrations of birds made by a mix of precise cut-outs of hand-colored bird forms from "American Ornithology" by Wilson and meticulous pencil drawings of branches and other background elements in a style emulative of Wilson. Thus these illustrations can be described as both mixed media, as there is an element of collage combined with direct drawing onto the page, and folk art, for while the bird paintings are not themselves folk art, the entirety of creation is! These bird plates have hand-written captions which identify the birds, usually two per page, give or take. On many of the pages between these illustrations are hand-written, in a neat hand, verse as one finds typically in a commonplace book of this era. The latter part of the album is an herbarium, with a good number of blank leaves as well. We do not know who created this manuscript, but we think it likeliest it was done in England, notwithstanding the bird cut-outs come from "American Ornithology", based on the binding above all else. 
Price: 3500.00 USD
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The Geese of Europe and Asia Being a Description of Most of the Old World Species With Twenty-Four Coloured Plates by F. W. Frohawk and Frontispiece by Dr. P. P. Sushkin, Alpheraky, Serguis
5 Alpheraky, Serguis The Geese of Europe and Asia Being a Description of Most of the Old World Species With Twenty-Four Coloured Plates by F. W. Frohawk and Frontispiece by Dr. P. P. Sushkin
London Rowland Ward 1905 First Edition Cloth Very Good 
Folio, 34 by 27 cm. viii, [2], 193, [2] pp. 25 chromolithographic plates of geese and their beaks. Important early study of geese, with both academic and aesthetic interest. Nissen 30. A few small stain spots on front cover. Scattered light foxing within. Still very good. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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Album of Original Watercolored Drawings of Birds, Mammals and Insects Drawn from the Museum at Manchester, England, Atkinson, F.
6 Atkinson, F. Album of Original Watercolored Drawings of Birds, Mammals and Insects Drawn from the Museum at Manchester, England
Full Blindstamped Morocco Very Good 
N.d., circa 1870s, based on style of album (which is that of an earlier decade) and when the collection would have been accessible. 8vo. 24 by 19 cm. 48 pages of watercolors, plus three pages of a table listing the species represented and their locations. Blank leaves are scattered throughout the album, as the norm with an artist's album; the album still reads as filled up. Depicted are 55 species, mostly one per painting but a few paintings with two or three. The artistic style, and perhaps also proficiency, is not entirely consistent. Some of the paintings are decidedly naive, while others are quite polished, and a goodly number can be characterized as a combination. The mammals tend to be shown in a natural setting -- it would seem that Atkinson was probably painting what was in a diorama -- while at the other extreme are the insects, which are shown unadorned by anything but their own bodies, and here he was probably working of a specimen kept under glass. Regardless of the artist's choices and/or limitations, there is an unstinting fidelity to the subject matter, and not a single image is lacking in a winsome charm. Interspersed are a few non-zoological paintings such as one might find in a commonplace book -- a vase, a castle, a Buddhist temple or pavilion -- but these don't negate the essential thematic unity of the album. The museum that Atkinson relied upon for his inspiration was surely the Manchester Museum, which is part of the University of Manchester, and boasts a substantial collection of natural history. Most of the drawings are done directly onto the album's leaves, with just a few on mounted sheets. The artist signed many of the paintings either "F. Atkinson" or "FA". Beyond his identity, nothing has been discovered about who he was. Moderate to heavy wear to the binding. Hinge repaired. 
Price: 1800.00 USD
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The Illustrated Book of Pigeons.  With Stardards for Judging. Illustrated with Fifty Life-Like Coloured Plates, From Paintings by J. W. Ludlow, Fulton, Robert.  Edited by Lewis Wright
7 Fulton, Robert. Edited by Lewis Wright The Illustrated Book of Pigeons. With Stardards for Judging. Illustrated with Fifty Life-Like Coloured Plates, From Paintings by J. W. Ludlow
London, Paris, New York and Melbourne Cassell & Company, Limited First Edition Half Morocco Very Good Plus 
Undated, circa 1876. 4to. 11 by 9 inches, 28 by 22.5 cm. viii, 392 pp in addition to 50 chromolithographic plates. Many other wood engraved illustrations throughout the text. This remains the standard popular treatise on the subject, and the plates are stunning. Age toning on leaf edges, and some foxing on tissue guards. Otherwise clean throughout. A tight copy. Morocco spine with considerable rubbing. Some joint repairs have been made. Wear along edges of marbled boards. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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Cassell's Book of Birds: From the Text of Dr. Brehm (Four volumes bound in two) With Upwards of Four Hundred Engravings, and a Series of Coloured Plates., Jones, Thomas Rymer
8 Jones, Thomas Rymer Cassell's Book of Birds: From the Text of Dr. Brehm (Four volumes bound in two) With Upwards of Four Hundred Engravings, and a Series of Coloured Plates.
London and New York Cassell, Petter, and Galpin Half Morocco Very Good Plus 
Undated, circa 1870s. 4to. With 400 engravings, and 40 fine colored plates (chromolithographic). Rebacked with modern green morocco over pebbled cloth boards. Marbled fore-edges. Both volumes are tight and clean, with an occasional minor blemish. Boards have some light soiling and minor scuffs or edge chips. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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Supplement to the General Synopsis of Birds, Latham, John
9 Latham, John Supplement to the General Synopsis of Birds
London Leigh & Sotheby 1787 First Edition Half Leather, Marbled Boards 
Extra-illustrated, with one original watercolor illustration bound in as well as 34 other additional plates, 22 of which are hand-colored. 4to. 26 by 21.5 cm. 298, [15] pp. Plus 36 hand-colored plates and 12 b/w plates. (The book calls for only 14 hand-colored plates. The additional plates have generally come from other publications, and all have neatly handwritten notes stating Vol. 7 and the page number where they were to be inserted in the top corner. The source of ten of these plates is Eleazar Albin's Natural History of Birds, issued between 1731 and 1738. Among the additional plates are those that offer alternative versions of birds depicted already. Contemporary half leather binding done a few years after the original publication (deduced from two of the additional plates dated 1789). 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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Coloured Illustrations of British Birds and their Eggs (Seven Volumes), Meyer, Henry Leonard
10 Meyer, Henry Leonard Coloured Illustrations of British Birds and their Eggs (Seven Volumes)
London Simpkin, Marshall, & Co. 1842-50 First edition Half Morocco Very Good 
8vo. With 434 plates, 426 of which are hand-colored. Contemporary Half Morocco considerably scuffed and rubbed along the joints. Some soiling of the cloth, with pinprick pierce marks on the seventh volume. Scattered light foxing, touching some plates, but mostly clean within. 
Price: 3500.00 USD
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British Game Birds and Wildfowl.  Illustrated with Sixty Coloured Plates., Morris, Beverley R.
11 Morris, Beverley R. British Game Birds and Wildfowl. Illustrated with Sixty Coloured Plates.
London Groombridge and Sons 1864 Half Morocco Very Good 
Measures 12 by 10 inches, 32 by 26 cm. iv, 252 pp. With sixty lithographic color plates, all finished by hand. Occasional light foxing. Plates are bright and fresh. Rubbing to contemporary red morocco along joints, extremities, edges, corners. One quarter-sized splotch on marble pastedown. 
Price: 2600.00 USD
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Historia Cuculi Canori, Pagesmith, Gordon
12 Pagesmith, Gordon Historia Cuculi Canori
1943-1949 Custom half morocco box Very Good 
Highly unusual, handsome manuscript of the scientific data, findings and proceedings of a small ornithology club dedicated to the collection and study of cuckoo eggs, enlivened with sixteen original watercolors of cuckoos, club members, etc. Folio, 39.5 by 29 cm. 171 leaves. (First part unpaginated, followed by 117 pp.) The club was called the Cuculus Canorus Club and was formed in 1943, with four members -- Gordon and Saxon Pagesmith and Douglas and Walter Kemp. A stated objective of the club was to present the collection it would be assembling to the Natural History Museum, and in fact, Gordon Pagesmith did make a significant contribution of bird eggs to that museum, separate from the club's collection. The club ended up collecting about 83 clutches of eggs of cuckoos and the host birds. Besides the diligent compilation of scientific data presented in the text, a source of interest is this club's eccentric rules and proceedings. One of the most entertaining watercolors is of a dinner of the club members, in which they are caricatured. This is in addition to the charming colorful portraits of the birds, their eggs, and various locations. The front cover states it is Vol. 1. Vol. 2 is included, and this manuscript is complete. Housed in a custom half red morocco box. Heavy soiling of the front cover, and some lighter soiling on just a few other leaves. Mostly clean. The manuscript's leaves are loose, with some leaves collected into loose gatherings. A few creases along the edges. 
Price: 2950.00 USD
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13 Parkhurst, H. E. Original watercolor embellishment by Catherine Westinghouse The Birds' Calendar
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1894 First Edition Full Moroco Near Fine 
With nine original watercolors applied directly to page by artist Catherine Westinghouse. 8vo. 18 by 4.75 cm. viii, 351 pp. With 24 plates of black and white photographs, in addition to the original artwork. While it was not unknown for Victorian hobbyists to draw directly into a book, it was still uncommon, and especially at the level demonstrated herein, with the watercolors looking as if they were part of the original design of the book! The text of the book is a birdwatchers' appreciation, and the author seeks to impart the pleasure and reward of the activity while casually sharing much interesting information about birds. Decorative blue morocco binding by Blackwell. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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Le Buffon des Enfants, Roy, Bernard.  Illustrations by Félix Lorioux
14 Roy, Bernard. Illustrations by Félix Lorioux Le Buffon des Enfants
Nantes Beuchet & Vanden Brugge 1943 First Limited Edition Hardcover Very Good Plus 
1 of 2,000 limitation. Inimitable illustrations, with elements of meticulous realism and a backdrop of whimsical cartoon. Squarish 4to. 25.5 by 25 cm. Unpaginated, 24 pp., half of which are vivid color plates of birds. Light wear to cartonnage cover. Slight wave to pages, but otherwise, clean and bright. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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15 Thorp, William Album of W. Thorp
1830s Full Morocco Fine 
All the imagery and verse in this manuscript album was done by one accomplished hand -- that of William Thorp. The pencil and watercolor sketches and drawings are delightful, whether depicting architectural detail, landscape, animal or human subjects. There are 26 pages of illustrations, many dated between 1832 and 1836. Twenty are black and white, six in color. Architecture is the most prevalent subject, with much drawn from rural England. Perhaps the most winsome illustration, though, is humorous depiction of a confrontation between a man and woman on an English street. The verse, also, is more than competent in a typical Victorian vein. The album is cased in an elaborately blindstamped ornamented black Morocco. The binding is rubbed along the edges. The joints have had an utilitarian repair. The tissue guards remaining are foxed, and some soiling of the leaves proper as well. Endpapers are pasted to one another by the hinges. A few illustrated leaves are defaced a little by probably later color transfer imagery. 
Price: 675.00 USD
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16 von Wright, Magnus, Ferdinand and Wilhelm, with text by Professor Einar Lönnberg Svenska Fĺglar (Three Volumes) Efter Naturen Och Pĺ Sten Ritade.
Stockholm Förlaget Svenska Fĺglar 1927-1929 First edition Full Calf Near Fine 
Folio. 38.5 by 29 cm. With 364 exquisite color lithographic plates of Swedish birds, in addition to B/W photos. Magnus von Wright (1905-1968) was the primary artist of this spectacular work. He spent countless hours observing and illustrating the Scandinavian species surveyed within. Von Wright was born and lived most of his life in Finland. Besides being a painter and ornithologist, he was a taxidermist and cartographer. Beautifully bound in mottled calf, with gilt impressed eagle as a centerpiece to front boards of all three volumes and a simple decorative filigree setting off the compartments betwen the spine's raised bands. All edges are marbled, as are the endpapers. 
Price: 2000.00 USD
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17 Warren, B. H. Report on the Birds of Pennsylvania
Harrisburg E. K. Meyers 1890 Second Edition Half Morocco Very Good 
8vo. xiv, 434 pp. With 100 plates, all but one with color. This second edition is much enlarged and has twice as many plates as the first. Plates based on Audobon. Half morocco is heavily rubbed and scuffed. Binding is tight. Foxing of some prelim pages, including title, which also has inked name inscribed. Otherwise very clean. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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18 Warren, B. H. Report on the Birds of Pennsylvania
Harrisburg E. K. Meyers 1890 Second Edition Half Calf Very Good 
8vo. xiv, 434 pp. With 100 plates, all but one with color. This second edition is much enlarged and has twice as many plates as the first. Plates based on Audobon. Contemporary calf is heavily worn and very dry, with rubbing and cracks abounding. Redeeming this copy are the clean plates. One text leaf with small marginal crease and tiny closed tear. Otherwise text age toned but clean as well. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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19 White, Rev. Gilbert The Works, in Natural History, of the Late Rev. Gilbert White, A. M. Comprising The Natural Hisotry of Selborne; The Naturalist's Calendar; and Miscellaneous Observations, Extracted from his Papers. To which are added, A Calendar and Observations by W. Markwick, Esq. F.L.S. in Two Volumes.
London Printed for J. White by T. Bensley 1802 Half Morocco Very Good 
8vo. viii, 392, 300 pp. With two hand-colored ornithological plates, one of which is folding. Two other plates, one folding as well. Lovely copy of eighteenth century classic and seminal work of natural history which still makes for highly enjoyable reading. As important as the many specific observations White made is his example as a close observer of the natural world which all lovers of nature can still emulate as well as the enthusiasm and spirit he brought to the endeavor. The epistolatory form he chose, tantamount to a diary, works wonderfully stylistically by creating an intimacy between him and the reader, and thus the reader is likely to become enthralled. Minor soiling and foxing scattered in volumes. The leather is rubbed along joints, and is overall a tad on the dry side. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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20 White, Rev. Gilbert, with additions and supplementary notes by Sir William Jardine. Edited, with further illustrations, a biographical sketch of the author, and a complete index, by Edward Jesse The Natural History of Selborne; With Observations on Various Parts of Nature; and The Naturalist's Calendar
London Henry G. Bohn 1854 Blindstamped cloth Very Good 
8vo. xxiv, 416 pp. With 40 hand-colored illustrations and steel engraved frontis. The lovely animal plates are similar to those found in Jardine. Frontis has foxing. Otherwise, but for occasional light and trivial soiling, a clean and tight copy. Some fading of gilt decoration on spine. Repair along front gutter. Darkening along both gutters. Wear along spine tips. 
Price: 185.00 USD
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