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Coloured Figures of the Birds of the British Islands (Seven Volumes)
London: R. H. Porter First published in series by subscription from 1885 to 1897, and now bound into seven volumes. Collated and complete with 421 color illustrations. Engraved frontispiece in Volume I. Half bound in dark green Moroccan leather and cloth, by Zaehnsdorf. Raised spine bands and gilt stamped lettering and decorations. Top edge is gilded. Marbled end leaves. Book plate of Walter Rutherford Peterson on front paste downs, though detached and missing from Volume I and detached and laid in Volume IV. Inked name of James Frank Peters on the first blank page after free end leaf of all volumes. Volume I has the front paper wrap cover of Part I, October, 1885, bound in at rear, and Volume VII has the front paper wrap cover of Part XXXVI bound at the rear. All volumes show slight spine lean. Leather over spine is faded to a dark brown, though remains very attractive. Covers show a few scuffs and light rubbing, with one larger scuff in the leather of the top cover on Volume VII. Scattered, light, foxing throughout, mostly on edges, though affecting a few of the plates. Color plates of the Marsh Warbler in Volume III and of the Coot in Volume IV have both stuck to adjacent pages just a little, resulting in some roughness of the illustration. Volumes all remain solid and tight. Despite the fading on the spine, the set shows very well and remains a draw on the shelf. . First Edition. Half Leather - Hardbound. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by A. Thorburn; J. G. Keulemans; and G. E. Lodge.
      [Bookseller: Lloyd Zimmer, Books and Maps]
Last Found On: 2016-03-16           Check availability:      Biblio    


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