THE BIRDS OF BERKSHIRE AND BUCKINGHAMSHIRE: A CONTRIBUTION TO THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE TWO COUNTIES

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THE BIRDS OF BERKSHIRE AND BUCKINGHAMSHIRE: A CONTRIBUTION TO THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE TWO COUNTIES
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Eton/London: Simpkin, Marshall, . First Edition Small octavo (5" x 7-1/2") in publisher's gilt-decorated green cloth; xiv, [ii], 232 pages. Illustrated with 4 original hand-colored albumen photographs. Published by the author at the tender age of 16, this is believed to be the first field guide to birds to use photographs for illustrations. Gernsheim 436; Goldschmidt & Naef: THE TRUTHFUL LENS 96: "It was impossible at this time to photograph live birds due to the absence of the telephoto lens and extremely light-sensitive plates that would permit short exposures. Muybridge [ANIMAL LOCOMOTION, 1887] was the first to photograph birds in flight."; Zimmer p. 347. Armorial bookplate of William Bramley Moore and small bookseller's ticket on the front pastedown with a small binder's ticket at the rear. Minor bubbling to the cloth which has a small tear at the base of the spine. Near Fine (Item ID: 010375)


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