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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


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. Maube…

From Donald Heald Rare Books


THE BOOKE OF FALCONRIE or HAWKING, for the onely delight and pleasure of all noblemen and gentlemen; BOUND with: THE NOBLE ART OF VENERIE or HUNTING: Wherein is handled and set out the vertues, nature, and properties of fifteene sundry chaces. by TURBERVILLE, George and George Gascoigne.:

London, printed by Thomas Purfoot, 1611.. SECOND EDITIONS 1611. ONE LEAF IN THE FALCONRY WORK IS A FACSIMILE. First published in 1575, in this second edition the figure of Queen Elizabeth in the hunting scenes has been replaced by King James, no dedicati…

From Roger Middleton


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. First Edition . Full Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 4to. Two volumes bound as one, and includes the original very scarce title page and dedication pages for volume II. Volume I was publi…

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.. First Edition . Half Leather - Hardbound. Very Good/No Jacket. 4to. Henrik Gronvold. Five volumes in seven, published between 1896 and 1912. Later half red Moroccan leather, with red cloth over boards. …

From Lloyd Zimmer, Books and Maps


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


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


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. First German . Cloth - Hard Cover. Very Good+/No Jacket. Crown Folio. John Gould, Johann Strum, Others. Issued in four parts from 1841 to 1847, and preceded by a prospectus. 36 hand colored lithographs aft…

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. First Edition . Cloth - Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 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 painti…

From Lloyd Zimmer, Books and Maps


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' 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' Florida Book Shop, ABAA, ILAB, FABA


THE BIRDS OF AMERICA, From Drawings Made In The United States and their territories (Volume 1, only) by Audubon, John James

New York: V.G. Audubon, 1859. Leather. Very Good. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 1859. Third edition of the Royal Octavo ( 7 x 10.75 inches). Volume One only. Publisher's deluxe full leather with title and decorative floral border stamped in …

From Frey Fine Books


Shōtei Kachō Gafu [Volumes 1 and 2] 省亭花鳥画譜 壱 by SEITEI, Watanabe, [Watanabe Shōtei] [渡辺省亭]

Tokio: Ōkura Magobei, 1890. First Edition. Published Meiji 23-24 (1890-91). 86 colour woodcuts of animals and flowers and 14 pages of Japanese text, taken from the original book block bound editions, published in 1890, with Shōtei's mark (hanko). 50 lo…

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