First edition:382 + xxi pages, frontispiece, marginal notes in pen not affecting text (mainly observations about Natal birds), recent half blue morocco with red title label gilt on the spine, a very good copy.
Mendelssohn (Sidney) South African Bibliography volume 1 page 871 – 872: The catalogue was compiled by Mr. Layard for his own information about eleven years before its publication. He remarks in the Preface, " On my arrival at the Cape in December 1854, I inquired in vain for any book which would give some insight into the ornithology of the country in which my lot had been cast. I was shown Le Vaillant's ' Oiseaux d'Afrique,' and Dr. E. Smith's ' Illustrations of the Zoology of South Africa ' ; but these visibly bore the stamp of incompleteness. I therefore commenced to form a catalogue for myself, and waded through whole libraries of works on South African travel." These researches were assisted by extensive correspondence with South African travellers and naturalists, and authorities in Europe
- Overall Condition: A Very Good Copy
- Size: 8vo ( 220 x150mm)