Favorite Song Birds - H.G. Adams
London: W. S. Orr & Co., Amen Corner, Paternoster Row. Published 1851. pp196.
Paper covered card, inlaid with green marbled paper, producing the effect of being half bound in tan. No titles on covers or spine.
There have been many incidents in this book's life. There are three marks to rear, apparently the remains of old stickers of some kind; all edges knocked and dented; and the rear board and last couple of pages are completely separated.
The book carries a gushing eight line printed dedication to Mademoiselle Jenny Lind, a Swedish soprano of great beauty who would have been in her prime in the mid 19th century.
Book is 19 x 12 cm. It is a highly lyrical font of ode, song, verse and descriptive text, worlds away from the modern identification guides.
Thirty eight species listed in the contents, twelve of which are finely illustrated in full colour on stone, a technique that has produced a grainy and washed out effect.
Containing a popular description of the Feathered Songsters of Britain; with an account of their Habits, Haunts and Characteristic Traits. Interspersed with choice passages from the poets and quotations from eminent naturalists.
Edited by H. G. Adams, with twelve colored illustrations on stone, by Edward Gilks.
The lithographs take centre stage. All are in very good condition, carefully framed in foliage, rocks etc with a short poetic verse beneath each.
Very scarce antique specimen from the grand old days of natural history.