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Descriptive Catalogue of the Nests & Eggs of Birds found breeding in Australia and Tasmania
Sydney: Australian Museum, 1889. Octavo, 21 plates of eggs, the great majority handcoloured; preliminaries browned, but an excellent copy in a contemporary, slightly shaken, craft relief, calf binding. The rare coloured issue of this important Australian natural history work, which was an important adjunct to North's great four-volume work {i Nests and Eggs}. North's contribution to Australian ornithology was immense, and while he often found himself in conflict with his fellow ornithologists his work has always been respected. Very few coloured copies of the {i Descriptive Catalogue of the} {i Nests and Eggs }were produced. The plates were prepared and coloured by Neville Cayley senior. This is an interesting presentation copy, with a slip from E.P. Ramsay, curator of the Australian Museum: North was appointed Ramsay's assistant in 1891. The extraordinary naïve craft binding featuring a hummingbird sipping nectar from a flower with the title spelled out in contrasting red letters is a unique piece of Australiana in its own right. This binding was part of a collection of related works, mainly by Ramsay, which were sold by Alexander Chisholm, the great ornithologist, in the late 1970s. It is possible, therefore, that Chisholm was responsible for the binding.
      [Bookseller: Hordern House Rare Books]
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