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Colonel R. Meinertzhagen
Birds of Arabia,Edition de Luxe,Col. Meinertzhagen.Sotheran,printer/binder.Folio
London: Henry Sotheran Limited, 1980. See pictures. Very light wear. At bottom edge,small fray where leather meets cloth, both boards. Several small rub marks in leather at bottom right front corner leather (see pictures, almost undiscernible).Front board has two small spots of whitening to cloth (see pictures). Title page has imprint of previous owner, no text affected. Binder's stamp at front blank endpaper (Sotheran). Several small pencil notations at rear blank endpapers (binders numbers, and a price). Else, all tissue guards in place, etc.. Along fore-edge there are one or two very small marks when book is closed. Colonel Meinertzhagen's epic ornithology work, printed and bound by the venerable Sotheran's, in a large "Edition de Luxe". Bound in 3/4 leather, limited to 305 numbered and lettered copies (this is 283), and containing 19 tipped-in colored plates, 9 photographic plates, 53 text figures, and 35 text maps (with one at the rear, fold-out). Meinertzhagen claims, in the introduction, that no previous work had been produced on the Birds of Arabia, but this book is contentious; there are claims that he stole most of this work from an unpublished manuscript of George Bates. Meinertzhagen, himself, is quite the character. He claimed the Haversack Ruse as his invention, among other military exploits. His zoological achievements are under scrutiny, to the extant that his stuffed bird collection included stolen examples (from the Natural History Museum). Even his diary was found to have later, wishful, addendums; a notable example being that in 1934, when meeting Hitl … [Click Below for Full Description]
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