First edition. Vol.1 “Part I. the Land Birds”; Vol.2 “Part II. The Water Birds.” Title continues: “Being a Short description of the birds of Great Britain and Ireland, including the essential characters of the species, genera, families, and orders.” With a few in-text illustrations in the ‘Introduction’ (v.1). Part of MacGillivray’s Manuals of Natural History series (see notes). A near fine copy, gilt nice and bright; small splash on lower spine of v.2, faint one on front of v.1; v.2 with bookseller’s ticket (front pastedown) and binders ticket (rear pastedown); contents excellent.
MacGillivray, a Scottish naturalist, professor and writer, is best remembered for his 5 volume ‘History of British Birds’ — at the time the most advanced and informative work on the subject — and for his significant contributions to Scottish natural history. Although his ‘Manuals’ series was intended to be extensive, it only reached three titles, including this one.
Author William MacGillivray
Binding Original gilt-titled cloth
Publisher London: Printed for Scott, Webster, and Geary
Condition Near fine
Pages 2 vols. (248 p. and 272 p., + cats. in v.1)