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Donovan, Edward
THE NATURAL HISTORY OF BRITISH BIRDS. LONDON: FOR THE AUTHOR, 1799
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Donovan, Edward
THE NATURAL HISTORY OF BRITISH BIRDS. LONDON: FOR THE AUTHOR, 1799
Estimate
1,0001,500
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Donovan, Edward
THE NATURAL HISTORY OF BRITISH BIRDS. LONDON: FOR THE AUTHOR, 1799
5 volumes, 8vo (234 x 135mm.), half-titles, 123 hand-coloured engraved plates only (of 124), 4pp. advertisements at end of volume 5, contemporary red straight-grained morocco gilt possibly by Staggemeier and Welcher, lacking plate 123, slightly rubbed, small repair to upper cover of volume 1, small nick to spine of volume 2
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Provenance

Edward Berkeley Portman Esq., signatures in ink on each half-title, dated 1800

Literature

Nissen IVB 257 ("owing to the irregular and confused fashion in which the parts were issued make no attempt to collate the text")

Catalogue Note

Re-issue of the original edition published from 1794 to 1819.

Edward Donovan (1768–1837) was an Anglo-Irish writer, illustrator, and amateur zoologist. He was a collector of natural history specimens, and a fellow of the Linnean Society and the Wernerian Society, both giving him access to great collections and libraries in London. Donovan sadly died impoverished leaving a large family destitute. The Natural History of British Birds was issued as a monthly serial in fifty parts.

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