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SA Auction #102 begins on 06 Oct 2022

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Pledger, Maurice (paintings); Charles Coles (text); Duke of Edinburgh (foreword)

Game Birds

A Daleguild book designed and produced for William Collins Sons & Company

Published: Collins, London Auckland Sydney Toronto Johannesburg, 1981

Edition: First

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The artist, Maurice Pledger, was only 25 when this book was published.

From the dustjacket:

  • "Without formal art training, his observation as a keen naturalist and his own artistic ability have made him one of the outstanding ornithological illustrators of today."
  • "To examine his originals through a magnifying glass is a revelation. The high degree of detail and the accuracy of colour are the outstanding hallmarks of his work."

At the time of writing, the author, Charles Coles, had been director of the Game Conservancy for twenty years. 

Colour-illustrated dustjacket, maroon cloth-boards, gilt to the upper panel and spine, plain endpapers, 117 pp of prelims, including foreword, acknowledgments and bibliography, illustrated text plus 24 full-page colour plates - 3 Quail, 2 Pheasant, 2 Partridge and one each of Capercaille, Blackcock, Grouse, Ptarmigan, Prairie Chicken, Wild Turkey, Bustard, Mallard Duck, Teal, Widgeon, Canada Goose, Woodcock and Snipe. 

Complete, unmarked and fine throughout.

  • Jacket Condition: Fine
  • Binding Condition: Fine
  • Overall Condition: Fine
  • Size: 430 x 210; 2 kg
  • Sold By: Fontein Books
  • Contact Person: Richard Proctor-Sims
  • Country: South Africa
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  • Preferred Payment Methods: Eft (South Africa), SWIFT (rest of world), or $ checks for US or Australian buyers
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