THE BIRDS OF CALIFORNIA, by William Leon Dawson - 1923 [4 vols]


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The Birds of California

A Complete, Scientific and Popular Account of the 580 Species and Subspecies of Birds Found in the State

by William Leon Dawson

illustrated by Major Allan Brooks, Donald R. Dickey, Wright M. Pierce, Wm. L. Finley, and the Author 

First edition, Format DeLuxe, signed by the author, four volumes.  San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco:  South Moulton Company, 1923  

Hardback set is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Four volumes bound in red-brown cloth with gilt titles on spine. 
  • Boards show some wear, marks, edgewear.  Corners are bumped and scuffed. 
  • Spines have gilt text and are darkened with bumped ends.  Foot end of V.3, V.4 show marks.  See photos.
  • Bindings are strong.  
  • Pastedowns and feps have some light foxing, toning, binder's label, owner mark at front pastedown.  See photos.  
  • Frontispiece, a color plate, is present and has intact tissue guard.
  • Illustrations are bright and clear, with scattered foxing on reverse.  
  • Interior is gently age-toned, with scattered foxing.  See photos.  
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Text block edges are lightly foxed. 
  • PS2023.0809

2121 pages. 9.5 x 12 inches

A complete set of William Leon Dawson's Birds of California, DeLuxe format, the first edition of 1923.  Sturdy cloth covers house the encyclopedic contents which include many illustrations, among which are 110 full-page color plates by Major Allan Brooks.  A monumental, decade-long undertaking, this set was published by subscription.  

Signed by author following the half-title page.

AS IS! Please see photos. More photos available upon request.

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