Gray, George Robert : A Fasciculus Of The Birds Of China. London, 1871. Folio size approx 335mm x 255mm. Title, Introduction, pp-8 description of birds. With 12 handcoloured lithograph plates by William Swainson. Original cloth backed boards, printed label on front cover, rubbed, spine torn at head. Little light spotting affecting text and very slight spotting on the first plate, otherwise the plates are very clean and highly attractive. Good condition. This scarce work was originally intended to illustrate a complete work on Chinese aviculture which was never written. With book plate of S Dillon Ripley 2nd. Also loose included is a memorial card for GR Gray and a printed head and shoulders sketch with some foxing. The birds described and illustrated are Shining Ant Thrush, Two Coloured Thrush, Chinese Shrike, Black and White Pastor, Silky Pastor, Fork-Tailed Hawfinch, Spotted Fancolin, Wedge-Tailed Partridge, Gular Rail, Mournful Gallinule, Baikail Teal, Javan Duck. Fine Bird Books p.103, Wood p.367, Nissen IVB 389. Please contact me at enquiries(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)rozhulse.com if you would like to more about this item.
Cat. No. 90522 £840