The Natural History of Birds, Vol. I-V, by E. Donovan. F.L.S., 1799. Printed for the author and for F. and C. Rivington, London. Octavo, 52 total copper plate engraved illustrations with hand coloring, Vol. I-III, V – 24 plates, Vol. IV – 28 plates, with indexes, advertisements, addresses, hardbound in marbled brown leather with gilt leaf borders to covers with gilt birds and lettering to spine, marbled end papers, ex libris bookplates, inside of front covers, marble edged papers. 9 5/8" H x 6" W x 1" D. CONDITION: Overall good condition with normal shelf wear, scratches, to covers, cracks, minute areas of loss, to spines, corners bumped. Pages in overall good condition with foxing spots, areas of dampstaining, areas of toning, toning impression to some plates and text pages. Engravings are collated. Laid tissue paper guards with some tears, missing from "76 – Ducky Lark", "110 – Water Hen", and "113 – White Owl" engravings.
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