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07 Mar 2019 16:30 GMT

Roberts (Dr. Austin)

THE BIRDS OF SOUTH AFRICA (Subscribers' Edition - presentation copy)

Illustrated by Norman C.K. Lighton.

Published: London, 1940

Edition: First Edition

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Subscribers' Edition: xxxii, 463 pages, colour frontispiece with a tissue guard, list of subscribers, 56 colour plates, diagrams, half brick red morocco, titled gilt on the spine, cream cloth boards, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt - bound by Leighton Straker Bookbinders Ltd., London. light foxing on the backs of the plates but the printed rectos are unaffected, a very good copy.

First published on 8th June 1940.

The limitation page reads, The Birds of South Africa, Subscribers’ Edition. Limited to 125 copies.

Copy no. 125 Presented to: Lt.Col & Mrs John Reid.

Signed by the author, artist and Hon. Sec. and Trustee, S. African Bird Book Fund (John Voelcker)

The inscription on one of the front free endpapers reads: With Kind regards, J M Voelker

Published for the Trustees of the South African Bird Book Fund H.F. & G. Witherby Ltd & Johannesburg, The Central News Agency Ltd.

  • Overall Condition: A Very Good Copy
  • Size: 8vo (230 x 160 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Paul Mills
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: africana@clarkes.co.za
  • Telephone: 021 794 0600
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  • Trade Associations: ABA - ILAB, SABDA


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