The Naturalist’s Library. Ornithology. Sir William Jardine.
The Naturalist’s Library. Ornithology
The Naturalist’s Library. Ornithology
The Naturalist’s Library. Ornithology
The Naturalist’s Library. Ornithology
The Naturalist’s Library. Ornithology

ORNITHOLOGY ONLY

The Naturalist’s Library. Ornithology.

Edinburgh: W.H. Lizars, 3, St. James Sqaure, nd.

440 color-plates. Complete. 14 vols. Small 8vo. ORNITHOLOGY ONLY. Bound in half red morocco and marbled boards. Set shows wear at spines, Heads to Vols. 13 & 14 chipped, internally bright. McGill/Wood, p. 405.; Ayer/Zimmer, p. 325; Nissen VBI 471; Copenhagen/Anker p. 224; Noakes, Edward Lear p. 209. Item #267583

Sir William Jardine's Naturalist's Library is a monument to Victorian industry and zeal for natural history education. On account of the high-quality hand-colored illustrations, it is seldom found complete. The work is divided into four main sections: Ornithology, Mammalia, Entomology and Ichthyology; each was prepared by a leading naturalist. Among the artists who contributed to this massive work was Edward Lear, whose illustrations include 1 uncolored and 37 colored plates in Mammalia vol. II (1834); 1 uncolored and 31 colored plates in Ornithology vol. V (Pigeons, 1835);
and 1 uncolored and 31 colored plates in Ornithology vol. VI (Parrots, 1836). "Each volume contains a biography of a well-known naturalist in addition to the subject matter, which comprises a brief treatment of the individual forms with a statement of synonyms, distribution, brief descriptions and sometimes other information of interest" (Copenhagen/Anker).

Sir William Jardine (1800-1874) was a key figure in the history of Victorian science. He owned the finest private natural history museum and library in Britain.

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