Gurney and Jackson, London, 1924, first edition, hardback, no d/w, 8vo, pp xxi + 489 + , 19 tissue-guarded colour plates by W.H. Riddell, 170 sketches by the author, maps, diagrams etc within the text.
Chapman, who died in 1929 was an outstanding naturalist and wildfowler, as well as artist. In this book he gives an account of the life cycles of some of the more "reclusive types of Creation" inhabiting the English Borders and the Cheviots including the red grouse, black grouse, “The Globe-Spanners” (such as godwits, sanderling, turnstone and dunlin), wildfowling, the Atlantic salmon, the otter, the raven, the woodcock and heron, and a chapter on the protection of wild birds. The colour illustrations taken from paintings by W.H. Riddell depict some of the rarest British birds including the subtle colour-changes of "The Globe-Spanners" that are described here for the first time.
Good condition. Dark green cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine. Edgeworn with corners and head and tail of spine bumped. Shelfwear (see photo). Top edge of pages gilt and front and bottom edges untrimmed. Pages clean and undamaged. Binding beginning to become loose. Ownership inscription on half-title page