1913 limited edition of only 450 copies, this set being no' 298. Both volumes Very Good.
An absolute delight for ornithologists, artists, and historians of the natural world. This classical, rare 2-volume set on British birds, comprises some of the finest examples from the early 20th century, written and illustrated by one of Britain's most influential ornithological artists of the period, John Guille Millais (FZS), with additional works from other eminent ornithological artists, including Archibald Thorburn (FZS).
Vol I: With 32 plates (22 coloured) by Archibald Thorburn, O Murray Dixon, H Gronvold, and the author. Covers clean, tho aged and rubbed in part, sunning to spine.
Vol II: With 42 plates (17 coloured) by same artists. Covers clean, tho aged, rubbed in part, and with minor staining. Sunning to spine.
Both volumes with red cloth-covered boards, gilt titling to front cover and spine. Blocks clean, with gilt top edges; bindings remain tight. End papers, text and picture pages throughout remain clean, with the plates retaining their magnificent vibrancy, being tissue-guarded. Whilst the depth and detail of the description of each bird and its habits is admirable, it is the quality of the coloured plates that sets these books apart. Personal details to FFEP in both volumes -- "Donald Ian Molteno, May 1936". (Believed to be Major Donald Ian Molteno of the Black Watch, died in action 1945. Member British Ornithological Union.)
SPECIAL NOTE - you may also be interested in 2 further delightful and original rare works by JG Millais, also selling on-line from Oxfam Winchester: "Game Birds and Shooting-Sketches", 1892; "The Natural History of the British Surface-Feeding Ducks", 1902.