*rare* Cassells Book Of Birds 1869 : 4 Vols: Plates Ornithology, Natural History
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*rare* Cassells Book Of Birds 1869 : 4 Vols: Plates Ornithology, Natural History:
Cassells BOOK OF BIRDS 1869 : 4 vols : Mammals, Birds, Reptiles PLATES
BOOK OF BIRDS
FROM THE TEXT OF DR BREHM
THOMAS RYMER JONES FRS
With upwards of
Four Hundred Engravings, and a Series of Coloured Plates
IN FOUR VOLUMES
CASSELL, PETTER, AND GALPIN
It is RARE to find all 4 volumes of this title complete as the books are normally broken for the colour plates. The volumes are presented in 2 books and contain many illustrations, both b&w and colour. The colour plates are bright and a wonderful example of Victorian Natural History.
The volumes are very comprehensive and consist of entries for hundreds of birds. The birds are featured under their genre (ie. Crackers, Passerine Birds, Ravens, etc.) by their common name along with their Latin name in brackets. Each entry describes the bird, habitat, food, flight, eggs etc. They range from Parrots to Partridges, Eagles to Emus – a truly wonderful ornithological record.
The Books : (20cm x 27cm approx). 4 volumes in 2 books. Half dark green calf, green cloth boards. Marbled text block edge.
Book 1: Wear to extremities. Front board loose. Spine flapping. Wear to corners showing boards beneath. Old brittle tape to spine hinges. Wear & lightening to spine. No spine label.
Internally lovely ORIGINAL marbled enpages. NO INSCRIPTIONS, NO ANNOTATIONS. Text block COMPLETE with NO LOOSE PAGES – leaves TIGHT and CLEAN. All b&w and colour illustrations present and in lovely condition. NO FOXING.
Book 2: Wear to extremities. Front board split but held to spine by original binding string. Wear to corners showing boards beneath. Wear & lightening to spine. Spine label brittle and partially missing.
Internally lovely ORIGINAL unsplit marbled endpages – uniform with Book 1. NO INSCRIPTIONS, NO ANNOTATIONS. Text block COMPLETE with NO LOOSE PAGES – leaves TIGHT. Light foxing to first 3 leaves otherwise text block CLEAN.
These are the most wonderful examples of Victorian Natural History Books on Birds. It is unusual to find these books COMPLETE as they are usually broken up for their delightful coloured plates. Although the binding is not in its first youth, these 2 books would rebind beautifully and would be a wonderful addition to any Natural History or Antiquarian Library.
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