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A system of general ornithology, with coloured figures of all birds. By captain Thomas Brown, fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and of the Linnean Society; member of the Wernerian Natural History Society; and of the Kirwanian of Dublin, and phrenological societies, &c. &c. &c. No I. [All published].
- Edinburgh, Oliver and Boyd, and London, John Murray, 1827. Folio (38.5 x 28.0 cm), Six hand-coloured lithographed plates in original printed wrappers.l The only edition of what is probably one of the rarest ornithological publications ever. It is neither mentioned by Anker, Nissen (VBI, ZBI), and Zimmer, nor in the cat. BM(NH). Bradley-Martin did not have it. The Scottish author, naturalist, ornithologist and malacologist "Captain" Thomas Brown (1785-1865) wrote several books on birds, but this must have been his first. And the reason why it was never continued, or even gained recognition, is a great mystery. The publishers were great names in the field of natural history books, and the work oozes quality; the plates are of a stunning beauty, and show the colourful genera Merops (bee-eaters), Picus (woodpeckers), Trochilus (hummingbirds), Alcedo (kingfishers), Strix nyctea (the snow owl), and Mycteria australis (Australian black-necked stork). The paper is strong, as are the impressions, and the colouring is superb. The inclusion, in this first published part, of the most colourful, impressive and little known birds seems intentional. Perhaps the asking price of 12S 6D was a bit too high. Provenance: once owned by Henry Rogers Broughton, second Baron Fairhaven (1900-1973). Wrappers a bit frayed, otherwise fine. A near mint copy. Not recorded by any ornithology or natural history compiler. Only one single copy located on WorldCat, in the Bangor Univeristy, U.K. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Antiquariaat Schierenberg]
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