Nests and Eggs of Familiar Birds: described and illustrated, with an account of the feathered architects and their times and modes of building.
Groombridge and Sons,
n.d. [1880s ?]
[ii], 238pp plus the 16 coloured plates, including the guarded frontis, illustrating 86 eggs. Contents in very bright condition: two minor soil marks noted in text, and front pastedown has a crossed-out library bookplate: closed split to front endpaper. Octavo, all edges gilt, in the original binding of russet cloth over bevelled boards, ornately titled and decorated in gilt, with border decoration in black. Bright and firm, spine ends puckered and fraying a little. Includes three pages on How to Preserve Eggs for the Cabinet, but also a page titled A Boy reproved by a Bird. This edition combines the first and second series, which were originally published in the 1850s. Very nice copy.
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