Columbus, O. Hann & Adair, Printers, 1886. Wraps. [NATURAL HISTORY]. Cover title: Nests and Eggs of North American Birds
8vo; 184pp; green wrapper with printed red decorative border, title and vignette of nest and egg on front; 7 b&w plates including frontispiece with plate guard; Errata list printed on p180; chipping to rear wrapper & spine, light age toning of pages; very good plus. Very good +. Item #1721
Seven hundred and sixty-four bird species are noted, some with sub-headings. Seven plates illustrate the text, featuring the birds with their nest and egg. “Classified according to the Nomenclature of North American Birds by Robert Ridgway.” The last chapter is devoted to “Collecting and Preserving Birds’ Eggs and Nests,” a popular pastime for both scientific research and Victorian decorative purposes. Scarce in the marketplace.