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MORRIS, Francis Orpen.
History of British Birds [with] Nests and Eggs. Groombridge,
ONE OF THE FIRST FINELY PRODUCED BRITISH BIRD BOOK.MORRIS, Francis Orpen. History of British Birds [with] Nests and Eggs. Groombridge, 1851-57.8vo. 9 vols. Bound in full green morocco, gilt borders to sides with gilt seal bearing motto 'Gloria in Excelsis Deo' to fronts, elaborate gilt spines, gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt; 357 + 223 hand-coloured plates; a little internal spotting, some bumping to extremities, otherwise very good indeed.First editions of both works. Zimmer describes this classic as: "A voluminous work .. containing a mass of information. The book early obtained considerable popularity on account of its readability and moderate cost." This is still an acknowledged classic of ornithological history and is found here in a very attractive bindings from the library of Charles Cocks at Treverbyn Vean Manor near St. Neots in Cornwall, a house he commissioned from the Gothic Revival architects George Gilbert Scott and William Burges. It was completed in 1861 and furnished by Cocks in a fittingly Victorian Gothic style; the quality of this binding reflects his good taste. Cocks was also respected as a good High Church man, being chairman of the committee that selected the stone for the building of Truro Cathedral, and this side of his personality may be reflected in the choice of motto for the front of his bindings.Nissen IVB 645; Zimmer p. 443.#2106478
Bookseller: Henry Sotheran Ltd. [United Kingdom]

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