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24 Jan 2019 16:30 GMT

Horsbrugh, Major Boyd

The Game-Birds & Waterfowl of South Africa- First Edition with 65 coloured Plates

Published: Witherby & Co, 326 High Holborn, London, 1912

Edition: First Edition

Reserve: $160


Estimate: $200-250

Bidding opens: 24 Jan 16:30 GMT

Bidding closes: 31 Jan 16:30 GMT

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Quarter Bound spine in brown leather, with gilt lettering and design to spine. Top edge gilded. First Edition complete with 65 full colour plates.

In this volume I have endeavoured to give descriptions of the Game-Birds and Water-Fowl found within South African limits- that is to say, south of a line drawn through the Zambesi River from east to west.

I trust that in all cases the illustrations will be sufficient to enable the sportsman readily to identify any Game-Bird he may shoot. It must be remembered, however, that immature birds often differ very much from those in adult plumage; I regret it is not possible to figure the birds in every stage.

With regard to the habits of many species, I am greatly indebted to Serg. S.G.Davies, Cape Mounted Riflemen, whose excellent field-work has been of the greatest of help to me. All notes referring to Pondoland and Griqualand have been communicated to me by him.

My thanks are also due to Dr. J.W.B. Gunning, Director of the Transvaal Museum, Pretoria, and to Mr. Peringuey, Director of the Cape Town Museum, for the loan of many skins otherwise almost unobtainable, which were used by Sergeant Davies to illustrate the work. etc.


Half-Title, Title, Dedication, Preface, Contents, List of Plates- 65 full colour plates with supporting text. 159 pages, the text being consistent with the description of the plates.

The boards are rubbed, bumped and worn. The text has spots and foxing but the plates being printed on a better quality paper remain in very good condition throughout the book.

This is a working reference copy.

  • Binding Condition: Good
  • Overall Condition: Good-Plates Very Good
  • Size: 25 x 19 x 5 cm

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