The Naturalist's Library, Volume 11:

Ornithology, Birds of Western Africa, Part I

by Wm Swainson 

edited by Sir William Jardine, Baronet

London, UK: Henry G. Bohn, 1862.

Hardback is overall in GOOD+ condition.

  • Antiquarian volume displays commensurate wear and aging.
  • Red cloth covers feature gilt design on front with blind-tooled design identical on front and back.
  • Front cover is slightly bowed towards fore edge. (See photos)
  • Boards display overall rubbing and edgewear with small areas of exposed boards along edges.
  • Corners are slightly bumped.
  • Spine features text and design in gilt, and exhibit fraying and softening at ends, as well as a 0.5" chip to back left shoulder, on head end. (See photos)
  • Binding is fragile, detached front hinge, with spine and covers loosely secured at back hinge. (See photos) 
  • Small gaps are visible along head end of gutter, between a few pages. A more prominent gutter gap can be seen at pgs 144-145. (See photos)
  • Illustrations inside are well preserved, with mild toning and scarce marginal foxing, and are protected under tissue guards that show some shadows. (See photos)
  • Interior is gently age-toned with moderate scattered foxing and smudges, and light occasional staining.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Inside pages display a persistent damp stain along head of gutter, affecting middle of book from approx. page 96 to page 175.
  • Text block edges have gilt along head, and show commensurate toning.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
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286 pages. 4.5 x 7 inches.

Beautiful antiquarian binding features gilt design and lettering, as well as blind-tooling. Illustrated with 32 color plates with tissue guards, B&W drawings inline with text, as well as a B&W frontis portrait of Bruce. Also includes an essay, Memoir of Bruce in introduction. 

Frontispiece and essay refer to the Scottish traveler and travel writer James Bruce (1730-1794) who traced the origins of the Blue Nile in North Africa and Ethiopia where he spent more than a dozen years.

This volume is part of a hugely popular 19th Century series on natural history. Consisted of 40 volumes, the series was divided into four parts, namely: Ornithology, Mammalia, Entomology, and Ichthyology, and was published by Jardine's brother-in-law, the printer and engraver William Home Lizars. Each section was prepared by a leading naturalist, and illustrated by various artists, including Edward Lear

Sir William Jardine (1800-1874) was a Scottish naturalist, known for his editing of the long series on natural history, The Naturalist's Library.

William John Swainson (1789-1855) was a British naturalist and artist, most known for his beautiful color drawings of nature, especially of shells, flowers and birds that he collected and observed himself during his life. [taken from Famous Scientists]

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