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Layard, E.L.; Sharpe, R. Bowdler
The Birds of South Africa
London: Quaritch, 1875-1884. xxvii, 890, 12 hand-col plates. Hardback. Roy. 8vo, orig. half roan, scuffed, rubbed, some wear, marbled endpapers. Cracked between frontis and title, but still firm. Edges uncut; minor chipping, short tear to outer, blank margin of a few pages. A few marginal pencil annotation. Good. Provenance: Ownership signature in pencil to blank recto of frontispiece, dated 1900, J. Riddell Lt. 16th (Queen's) Lancers. George Hutton 'Jack' Riddell, (1878-1953), served in South Africa during the second Boer War (1900-1902). Also with bookplate of South African ornithologist, R.C. Bolster. New [second] edition, revised and augmented by R. Bowdler Sharpe. Greatly enlarged from the unillustrated first edition of 1867. Sharpe rewrote much of the original text, and identified several new species. Also included in this edition are 12 fine hand-coloured lithographic plates by Keulemans. There is a gap in pagination between pages 856 and 867 (end of text and beginning of index) - this is the case in all copies. Nissen IVB 534
Bookseller: Pemberley Natural History Books [UK]

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