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SA Auction #87 begins on 03 Dec 2020

US Auction #5 begins on 07 Jan 2021

Roberts, Austin (author); various editors; Norman Lighton and others (illustrators)

Birds of South Africa; Roberts Birds of South Africa; Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa (first to sixth editions, 1940-1996)

Published: Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town,

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[With Lot 272 - seventh edition - this lot provides an example of all the previous editions of Roberts, though not necessarily the first impressions of each edition, so that a new ornithological library, for example, can have a record of the work through its many guises. There are also copies of the two Field Companions issued by the publishers in 1996 and 2001]

  1. The Birds of South Africa. First edition, 1940. By Austin Roberts; illustrations by Norman Lighton. 
  2. Roberts Birds of South Africa. Second edition, 1957. Revised by G R McLachlan and R Liversidge; illustrations by Norman Lighton.
  3. Roberts Birds of South Africa. Third edition, 1970. Revised by G R McLachlan and R Liversidge; illustrations by Norman Lighton (colour) and J Perry and K Hooper (b/w). 
  4. Roberts Birds of South Africa. Fourth edition, 1978. Revised by G R McLachlan and R Liversidge; illustrations by Norman Lighton and Kenneth Newman (colour) and J Adams and H Gronvold (b/w). 
  5. Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa. Fifth edition, 1984. Revised by Gordon Lindsay Maclean; illustrations by Kenneth Newman and Geoff Lockwood. 
  6. Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa. Sixth edition, 1996. By Gordon Lindsay Maclean; illustrations by Kenneth Newman and Geoff Lockwood. 
  7. Field Companion to Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa, 1998. By Gordon Lindsay Maclean; illustrated by Kenneth Newman and Geoff Lockwood.
  8. Field Companion to Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. Revised edition 2001. By Gordon Lindsay Maclean; illustrationsby Kenneth Newman and Geoff Lockwood; distribution maps by David Allen and Guy Gibbon. 
  • Sold By: Fontein Books
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