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SA Auction #86 begins on 22 Oct 2020

US Auction #4 begins on 08 Oct 2020

William Yarrell

A History Of British Birds

Illustrated by 520 wood-engravings.

Published: John Van Voorst, London, 1843

Edition: First edition

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3 volumes. First edition 1843.

Highest quality half-leather fine binding.

Green half-leather over marbled boards.

Marbled endpapers. Colour page blocks.

Raised decorative gilt bands with decorative gilt panels.

Morocco titles. Gilt lineal edgings.

Volume I.

xxxii, 528 pages.

Volume II.

672 pages.

Volume III.

528 pages.

"For many years a standard work of the natural history of British birds," (Zimmer).

"The value of [Yarrell's] works and the admiration which they still evoke may be said

to be due to the accuracy of the information they contain together with the simplicity

of their style and the charm and fidelity of the illustrations" (Mullens and Swann).

"Yarrell lived in London and was an all-around naturalist, also being known for his

proficiency as an angler and shooter. He was elected a Fellow of the Linnean Society

and was one of the original members of the Zoological Society of London,"

(Andrew Self, 'The Birds of London').

Recorded shipping weight 3000g.

Shipped and insured by recorded delivery.

  • Binding Condition: Very good
  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: 22 x 15 cm
  • Sold By: West Clare Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Tom Moloney
  • Country: Ireland
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