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Auction #113 begins on 29 Feb 2024

Layard (Edgar Leopold) & Sharpe (R. Bowdler)

THE BIRDS OF SOUTH AFRICA

New edition thoroughly revised and augmented

Published: Bernard Quaritch, London, 1875 -1884

Edition: New edition

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New edition: 890 pages, pages 856-867 missing as usual (probably never published), 12 hand coloured plates by Keulemans, plates VII and VIII and plates IX and X bound out of sequence, half brown morocco titled gilt on the spine worn at the corners, marbled boards worn along all the edges and the marbled paper is lifting on the back cover, top edge gilt, fore-edge and bottom edges uncut, the contents and the plates are bright, a good copy.

 Mendelssohn (Sidney) South African Bibliography, volume,1, page 872: Quotes from the note on the original  wrappers, 'This edition contains an account of the birds inhabiting about double the area of country included by the author of the original work. In many of the families a complete treatment of the subject, de novo, was considered necessary by Mr. Sharpe. There are twelve coloured engravings.'

  • Overall Condition: A good copy
  • Size: 8vo (260 x 170 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Paul Mills
  • Country: South Africa
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  • Trade Associations: ABA - ILAB, SABDA


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