Lot 1
  • 1

Bolton, James

3,000 - 4,000 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Bolton, James
  • Harmonia Ruralis; Or, an essay towards a natural history of British song birds... a new edition, revised and very considerably augmented. London: W. Simpkin and R. Marshall, 1830
  • paper
2 volumes bound in one, 4to (297 x 233mm.), hand-coloured engraved frontispiece, 80 hand-coloured engraved plates, contemporary diced russia gilt, the covers stamped "Rd. Gregory / Coole" in gilt surrounded by successive borders of blind-tooled cartwheel design, a single gilt fillet, a wide elaborately foliate design, and a double gilt fillet, the spine tooled gilt in compartments with bird motif, marbled edges, [Nissen IVB 115], occasional spotting, spine faded


Richard Gregory, Coole, Ireland, engraved armorial bookplates and gilt stamps on covers; thence by descent to Lady Augusta Gregory, sale ("Printed Book formerly in the Library at Coole, the Property of the Lady Gregory Estate"), Sotheby's, 20 March 1972, lot 58, £240, Pickering and Chatto; David Drummond, 17th Earl of Perth

Catalogue Note

The Coole copy. This posthumous edition of Bolton's charming work is arguably the best: as Christine Jackson remarks "in the later editions... the colouring is so much improved that at a casual glance it almost seems a different book" (Christine Jackson, Bird Etchings, p.170).