Illustrated Book of Canaries and Cage-Birds, British and Foreign
by Blakston, W. A; W. Swayland; August F. Wiener
London: Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co, 1880. First edition. Hardcover. The classic work on canaries, complete with all the fine chromolithograph illustrations, as good as disbound, with the boards and the original spine loose but present. This volume was a bird seller's copy, with newspaper articles on bird care laid down at early pages, other articles and color plates from the Supplement to "Cage Birds and Bird Fancy" loosely inserted. Additional color prints and images tipped on to verso of a few plates in the volume, and pencil notations on bird care and remedies at the front paste down.Large 4to, frontispiece, viii, 448pp, 55 full color chromolithograph plates, 84 illustrations from wood engravings throughout the text. Three quarter leather and blue cloth. Two of the plates slightly ruffled at edges. As is, a breaker copy, with the chromolithograph plates all suitable for framing. (Inventory #: 22251)
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