ONE OF THE FIRST FINELY PRODUCED BRITISH BIRD BOOKS
MORRIS, Francis Orpen. History of British Birds.
8vo. 6 vols. Bound in full green calf, blinstamped rules with gilt corner floral tools to sides, spines with raised bands, gilt tools and lettering, vols 1,2,3 and 6 sometime rebacked preserving original spine, marbled endpapers, a.e.g.; 358 hand-coloured plates; a little rubbing to binding, some bumping to extremities, internally very clean, very good indeed. Provenance: ownership inscriptions of the Usherwood family to prelims. This set was first presented to Georgie Usherwood by her husband, Rev. T.E. Usherwood in 1869. T.E. Usherwood was a keen ornithologist who was a subscriber to Stonham's magisterial Birds of the British Islands.
Later issue taken from first edition, unrecorded in Nissen, Zimmer or Wood. Zimmer describes this classic as: "A voluminous work .. containing a mass of information. The book early obtained considerable popularity on account of its readability and moderate cost." This is still an acknowledged classic of ornithological history and is found here in a handsome binding designed for a gentleman's library.
cf. Nissen IVB 645; Zimmer p. 443.