London: A & C. Black, 1913.
First Edition. Hardcover. This illustrated, narrative, Gaelic-infused guide to several common Old World birds is the work of English ornithologist Maud Doria Haviland (1889–1941) and includes chapters on the water-hen, the peregrine falcon, the woodcock, the hooded crow, the redwing, the pheasant, and the heron. Illustrated in a dreamy frontispiece, 7 plates, and 50 vignettes by Patten Wilson (1869–1934), this is a charming tome of ornithological interest for avian enthusiasts of all ages.
8 1/4" X 6 1/8". 244pp, plus four pages of ads. Bound in full light sky-blue cloth over boards, with bird in flight, pine boughs stamped in black, rays of sun in gilt, and darker blue background stamped to upper board within a border of black feathers, lettered in gilt to upper board and spine, with bird vignette and feather to spine in blue and black. Moderate wear to binding, with tear to head of spine, tears to cloth at bumped extremities, scattered rubbing, and soem fading to gilt at sunned spine. Top edge gilt. Small stain to bottom edge of text block. Evidence of removed bookplate to front pastedown, booksellers ticket of Chas E. Lauriat Co. on Boston to front free endpaper. Some gatherings a touch uneven, binding remains sound. Occasional foxing to pages throughout, else unmarked. Illustrated in frontispiece and 7 plates, as well as 50 vignettes, by Patten Wilson. Good. Item #9220