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Huddersfield: Issued privately to subscribers only , 1912. nd. [1912-15]; Pp. [12], 103, [3]; portrait frontispiece plate of James Reid Mosley; 39 coloured plates [ "crayon-watercolour plates, a new hand-process"], 37 distribution maps coloured in pink. Original quarter red leather with red cloth boards; original leather worn and marked, but now expertly rebacked retaining as much of the original fabric as possible; very good and strong. Contents clean and tight with light reading wear, original red marbled end papers; the distribution map of the starling is missing but a duplicate of the Greenfinch erroneously bound in its place; the first plate of the rook with a small ink line and spot; a couple of old stains to the gutter edge of the frontispiece where previously repaired with tape, very short fore-edge tear to the same repaired with japanese tissue, a split to the lower gutter-edge of the title page also inconspicuously repaired, short tear to the lower margin of p. 42; presentation inscription dated 1923 to the verso of the front free end paper. A good to very good copy of this extremely rare and fabled regional ornithological guide. [Bibliographical note: the publication of this work, like all Mosley's works, was very much a private affair with a 'handmade' feel, each copy varying a little, nevertheless Mosley was breaking new ground - The Birds of The Huddersfield Area is believed to be the first book on the birds of a local area to include distribution maps. It is a very rare work and only a handfull of copies have been offered at auction over the last 50 years; no copy in the Fattorini collection.. First Edition. Hardcover. Good Plus. 8vo (14 x 23cm).
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