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Kemp, Dr Alan; foreword by Rex E R Banks

A Celebration of Birds. C G Finch-Davies's final album of southern African birds (1990)

Facsimile reproduction of 21 coloured paintings, each accompanied by a page of hand-written notes, covering the period 28 March 1918 to 4 April 1920

Published: Natural History Books, Johannesburg, 1990

Edition: First standard edition

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Paper-board slipcase with illustration of Blacksmith Plover, laminated dustjacket with same cover illustration and text to the front flap, grey cloth-boards brown lettered to the spine, head- and tail-bands, plain cornfield endpapers, 96 mainly unpaginated pp of prelims, text and illustrations on matt art paper.

The frontispiece illustration is the same Blacksmith Plover. Half-title and title-page. Imprint page. Foreword by Rex E R Banks. Photograph of the artist and 9 pp appreciation by Dr Alan Kemp. The artist's title pages for this portfolio - "21 original plates with explanations, 1918-1920". Followed by 21 double-page spreads with bird paintings opposite handwritten descriptions. Followed by pp 1-21, each with a reduced b/w illustration of one of the birds in the portfolio and printed transcriptions of the artist's descriptions. Followed by a photograph of the artist's gravestone and a list of subscribers.

CONDITION. Unmarked and virtually as new overall.

  • Jacket Condition: Fine in Fine slipcase
  • Binding Condition: Fine
  • Overall Condition: Fine
  • Size: 185 x 260
  • Sold By: Fontein Books
  • Contact Person: Richard Proctor-Sims
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 051 773 0486/+79 546 4032
  • Preferred Payment Methods: Eft (South Africa), SWIFT (rest of world), or $ checks for US or Australian buyers
  • Trade Associations: AA Approved


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