The Book Of British Song-birds And Aviary Companion.
Groombridge and Sons, 5, Paternoster Row.
Including interesting notes on the 'warblers,' and our other summer visitors. by william kidd, of hammersmith. editor of 'kidd's journal and book of nature.' illustrated by wood engravings. (kidd's treatises on song-birds). [in seven parts:] the canary; the goldfinch, the linnet... and the bullfinch; the nightingale, the blackcap, and other garden warblers; the blackbird, the song-thrush and the missel-thrush; the skylark, the woodlark and the robin-redbreast; the aviary and its occupants, part i, part ii.
4to. 4.25 x 6.5 inches. viii + 26 + 26 + 28 + 34 + 36 + 32 + 48 pp. + 8 pp. advertisements. (one dated 1856). Separate title pages for each part. Bound in original maroon cloth, gilt decorated by blind stamping and gilt blocks, now almost worn away. All edges gilt. Extremities worn and scattered foxing, but otherwise a very good copy. Illustrated by wood engravings, including frontispiece. Decorated by title page and head and tailpiece vignettes and by initials. Collected edition of a work issued in seven parts. There is an emphasis on providing suitable aviaries for the different species, reflecting the Victorian desire to cage their song birds. Kidd (1802-67) advises 'What birds should be selected, and what rejected.'
[Stock No. 26302]