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MEYER (Henry Leonard). Illustrations of British Birds.1835

London: Longman & Co., First edition, 4 vols., folio (370 x 270 mm), lithographed throughout, comprising title-pages, contents leaves in each volume, 319 fine hand-coloured lithograph plates (of which 315 are of birds and 4 are of eggs), tissue guards, occasional, mostly minor, foxing (as usual with this book), finely bound cont. green crushed morocco, spine and covers gilt extra, embossed floral paper doublures, gilt tooled turn-ins and board edges, all edges gilt, a fine set. A most sumptuous set of the first edition, second issue, printed on stouter paper, and has a number of plates containing figures of eggs in the lower corners which are not present in the first issue. "With the possible exception of Lord Liford's Birds, this is the finest and most complete atlas of portraits of British avifauna (with their eggs) ever published."—Wood. Many of the plates were drawn or coloured by Meyer's wife, Mary Ann Moor, and by his daughters Mary-Anne and Constance. The names of the birds are printed below the plates with occasional short descriptive legends. "These illustrations are very lovely lithographs of natural life-like birds. The figures are well drawn and scrupulous work on the 313 plates has given us some of the most beautifully hand coloured bird plates that have ever been produced."—Jackson. Mullens & Swann, p.398; Sitwell, Fine Bird Books, 93; Wood, p. 462; Jackson, Bird Illustrators.

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