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[Ornithology] Birds of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire: a Contribution to the Natural History of the Two Counties, The
Eton / London: Ingalton and Drake / Simpson, Marshall, 1868. First Edition. Original Cloth. Fine. 8vo: xiv,[2],232pp, with four hand-colored albumen prints, mounted on cards, of stuffed birds. ("It was impossible at the time to photograph live birds due to the absence of the telephoto lens and extremely sensitive plates that would permit short exposures." Goldschmidt & Naef) Publisher's forest-green pebble-grained cloth, spine and upper cover with bird vignettes in gilt, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, chocolate coated end papers. A Fine, tight, square copy, clean, crisp text, the photographs vibrant, with deep, rich colors. Provenance: Book plate of Henry Neville Gladstone (third son of Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone). Binder's ticket of James Burn & Co., Kirby St., to rear paste down. Gernsheim 436. Goldschmidt & Naef, The Truthful Lens, 96. The author was only age 16 when he published this "contribution to the natural history of two counties," apparently the first field guide to birds to use photographs for illustrations. Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.
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