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Willughby, The Ornithology of Francis Willughby of Middleton in the County of Wa…

Willughby, The Ornithology of Francis Willughby of Middleton in the County of Wa

Willughby, Francis / Ray, John. The Ornithology of Francis Willughby of Middleton in the County of Warwick Esq. Fellow of the Royal Society. In Three Books. Wherein All the Birds Hitherto Known, Being reduced into a Method sutable to their Natures, are accurately described. The Descriptions illustrated by most elegant Figures, nearly resembling the live Birds, Engraven in LXXVIII [78] Copper Plates. Translated into English, and enlarged with many Additions throughout the whole Work. To which is added, Three considerable Discourses, I. Of the Art of Fowling: With a Description of Several Nets in two large copper Plates. II. Of the Ordering of Singing Birds. III. Of Falconry. By John Ray, Fellow of the Royal Society. First Edition. London, Printed by A.C. for John Martyn, Printer to the Royal Society, MDCLXXVIII [1678]. 35.5 x 23 cm (14 x 9 inches). Title Page in Red and Black, (10) [Preface/Errata], 441 pages, (6) [Index], 78 Plates. Two copper Plates on the Art of Fowling appear after page 28. Contemporary calf boards. Professionally rebacked with matching new spine. Morroco spine label with gilt title. Blind decorations. Six raised bands. Very good condition. Rubbed and bumped. Corners weakened. Edges age darkened. Some pages have reinforced edges (see images). Some spotting and age darkening. Short closed tear (5 cm) to bottom of page 441. Very mild damp staining to a few pages. Still an amazingly well preserved and complete copy of this scarce work. With all 80 Plates, as called for. See images.

Provenance: Ex Libris of J.F. [John Frederic] Symons-Jeune (1850 – 1925). Name of other previous owner (‘Jackson’) in ink on title page.

Please note. Text block appears complete with a few pages being misnumbered: 160 as 158, 330 as 332, 335 as 333.

Our price: EUR 3.100,-- 

The Ornithology of Francis Willughby of Middleton in the County of Warwick Esq.
The Ornithology of Francis Willughby of Middleton in the County of Warwick Esq.
The Ornithology of Francis Willughby of Middleton in the County of Warwick Esq.
The Ornithology of Francis Willughby of Middleton in the County of Warwick Esq.
The Ornithology of Francis Willughby of Middleton in the County of Warwick Esq.
The Ornithology of Francis Willughby of Middleton in the County of Warwick Esq.
The Ornithology of Francis Willughby of Middleton in the County of Warwick Esq.
The Ornithology of Francis Willughby of Middleton in the County of Warwick Esq.
The Ornithology of Francis Willughby of Middleton in the County of Warwick Esq.
The Ornithology of Francis Willughby of Middleton in the County of Warwick Esq.
The Ornithology of Francis Willughby of Middleton in the County of Warwick Esq.
The Ornithology of Francis Willughby of Middleton in the County of Warwick Esq.
The Ornithology of Francis Willughby of Middleton in the County of Warwick Esq.

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