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There are many Biblio customers who love birds and ornithology, and there is a great selection of rare books about birds and ornithology in the Biblio Rare Book Room. From rare and antique books about birds of prey to books on the tiny hummingbirds, Biblio booksellers have many antique and rare books to choose from. There are many rare books on zoology and ornithology at Biblio, and many of them can be found below in the Biblio Rare Book Room.

A Natural History of Uncommon Birds, and of Some Other Rare and Undescribed Animals by EDWARDS, George (1694-1773)

London: printed by C. Rickaby "for the author" [i.e. William Gardiner and Messrs. Robinson], 1805. 4 parts bound in 2 volumes. Titles and text printed on wove or laid paper, two general titles (one in French and one in English) at the front of vol.I with...

From Donald Heald Rare Books


The Birds of America From Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories (8 Volume set) with 500 Original Hand Colored Plates by Audubon, John James

New York (1870): George R. Lockwood. Octavo. The last and best of the preferred editions issued in original publisher's full brown morocco, decorated in blind, raised bands, with title gilt, containing 500 superb tinted and hand-colored plates. Not only...

From Alcuin Books, ABAA-ILAB


A Monograph of the Pittidae, or, Family of Ant Thrushes by ELLIOT, Daniel Giraud (1835-1915)

New York: D.Appleton & Co, 1863. Folio. (21 7/16 x 13 5/8 inches). 1p. dedication to Philip Lutley Sclater, 1p. list of subscribers. 31 fine hand-coloured lithographic plates, heightened with gum arabic, after Elliot (24), Paul Louis Oudart (4), E. Maub...

From Donald Heald Rare Books


Portraits of Rare And Curious Birds with Their Descriptions, from the Menagery of Osterly Park in the County of Middlesex (Two Volumes as One) by Hayes, W. [William] and Family

London: Printed By W. Bulmer and Co, and Published for the Author Two volumes bound as one, and includes the original very scarce title page and dedication pages for volume II. Volume I was published in 1794 and volume II in 1799. 101 full page, hand col...

From Lloyd Zimmer, Books and Maps


A History Of The Birds Of New Zealand by BULLER, Sir Walter Lowry [1838-1906]

London: Published (For The Subscribers) By The Author, [1887]-1888. Second Edition, Substantially Revised and Enlarged. A classic of ornithological literature and the leading authority on New Zealand birds, the plates ranking amongst Keulemans’ fine...

From D & E Lake Ltd. (ABAC, ILAB)


The Birds of Africa, Comprising All the Species Which Occur in the Ethiopian Region (Five Volumes in Seven) by Shelley, G. E. (Vol. V, Pt II was Completed and Edited By W. L. Sclater)

London: R. H. Porter / Henry Sotheran & Co. Five volumes in seven, published between 1896 and 1912. Later half red Moroccan leather, with red cloth over boards. Raised spine band and gilt stamped letters. Association Set having previously belonged ...

From Lloyd Zimmer, Books and Maps


J. Gould's Monographie Der Ramphastiden Oder Tukanartigen Voegel (Four Parts, Plus Prospectus) by Gould, J [John] (with additions and Revisions By Johann Heinrich Christian Friedrich Sturm, Johann Wilhelm Sturm, Richard Owen, & Rudolf Wagner)

Nurnberg: Gedruckt Auf Kosten Der Herausgeber Issued in four parts from 1841 to 1847, and preceded by a prospectus. 36 hand colored lithographs after Gould and Sturm, and two black and white plate after G. Scharf, and A. Koppel. This set has been profes...

From Lloyd Zimmer, Books and Maps


The Bee-Eaters [with] Eight Original Gouache Paintings Used for the Eight Colour Plates of This Book by Fry, C. H

Calton: T & A D Poyser, 1984 304 pages, plus eight colour plates by the author. Volume is sold along with the eight original gouache paintings from which the plates were copied. Each painting is on a 10 x 14 inch sheet, though edges have been taped ...

From Lloyd Zimmer, Books and Maps


THE DODO AND ITS KINDRED, or the History, Affinities, and Osteology of the Dodo, Solitaire, and Other Extinct Birds of the Islands Mauritius, Rodriguez, and Bourbon. by STRICKLAND, Hugh Edwin and A. G. Melville.:

London, Reeve, Benham, and Reeve, 1848.. FIRST EDITION IN 2 PARTS 1848. LACKS ERRATA SLIP. 4to, approximately 320 x 260 mm, 12½ x 10 inches, 17 lithographed plates, (2 numbered iii and 2 ix), 2 hand coloured, including frontispiece, and 1 folding, 10 ...

From Roger Middleton


The Ornithology of Francis Willughby In Three Books. Wherein all the Birds Hitherto known being reduced into a Method suitable to their natures are accurately Described by Francis Willughby, John Ray

LONDON : A[ndrew]. C[lark]. for John Martyn, 1678 A very good copy in a high quality full leather binding. With title page in red and black ink; preface; text in 3 books with 2 plates of bird traps bound in, and 2 tables which serve as early identificatio...

From E C Books


Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Plate CXXVII) Fringilla ludoviciana by John James Audubon

Engraving with etching, aquatint and hand-coloring on 1836 watermarked J. Whatman hand-made paper. Unusually wide, untrimmed margins showing the pulls from the binder's signatures on the left margin and the gilt to the top edge. "I closed my eyes, and w...

From William Chrisant & Sons' Old Florida Book Shop, ABAA, ILAB, FABA



Rouen, Clement Malassis, 1650.. Slim 4to, appproximately 225 x 160 mm, 9 x 6½ inches, title with woodcut hunting scene, seven woodcut illustrations of falcons, 38 pages, quarter calf, gilt lettering and decoration to spine, marbled paper covered board...

From Roger Middleton


Barn Owl, Strix flammea by John James Audubon

Chromolithograph by Julius Bien. 654 x 970 mm; 25 3/4 x 38 1/4 inches. A nice cleaned image with closed tears to lower portion (which see)....

From William Chrisant & Sons' Old Florida Book Shop, ABAA, ILAB, FABA


A Monograph of the Birds Forming the Tanagrine Genus Calliste; Illustrated by Coloured Plates of all the Known Species by SCLATER, Philip Lutley

John Van Voorst, 1857. Hardcover. Collectible: Very Good. Signed by Author(s). Sclater's own copy with his signature on ffep. 45 hand-colored lithographs executed from drawings by OUDART. Colored map of Tropical America frontispiece. First 14 plates...

From Buteo Books


LA FAUCONNERIE DE CHARLES D'ARCUSSIA DE CAPRE... seigneur d'Esparron, de Pallieres, et du Revest, en Prouence. Divisee en dix parties. Avec les portraicts au naturel de tous les oyseaux. by ARCUSSIA, Charles De. Lord Lilford, Guy Aylmer.:

Rouen, Francois Vaultier et Jacques Besongne, 1643.. Divided into 10 parts,1643. Small 4to, approximately 210 x 160 mm, 8½ x 6¼ inches, 12 full page engravings of hawks, and 2 woodcuts of L'Anatomie des oyseaux in the text, one folding plate of hawking...

From Roger Middleton


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