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If you love birds and ornithology, enjoy browsing this selection of rare books about our feathered friends. Our independent booksellers have curated the best rare and antique books, prints, and art about birds and ornithology; from birds of prey to tiny hummingbirds. You can find classics like John James Audubon, James Berwick, and John Gould as well as more avian experts from around the globe.

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


La caccia giocosa: invenzioni di Gioseffo Maria Mitelli, pittore bolognese, da lui effettivamente sperimentate e dedicate a chi si diletta di caccia. by MITELLI, Giuseppe Maria (1634-1718)

In Bologna,: 1684., 1684. Quarto. [17] ff. The plates include an engraved title within elaborate border populated with weapons and gimmicks for hunting, a bird-age is shown on the top; engraved "times to begin birding" and 15 plates bearing two plates: t…

From Jeff Weber Rare Books


The Birds of America [WITH] The Quadrupeds of North America. by Audubon, John James; and John Bachman

New York: George R. Lockwood, [1870 or 1871]. Seventh and final edition. Very good condition in good binding.. Octavo (29 cm); two works in 11 volumes, comprising The Birds of America in 8 volumes and The Quadrupeds of North America in 3 volumes. Colla…

From Rodger Friedman Rare Book Studio


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


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


Uccelliera; Overo discorso della natura e proprietà di diversi uccelli e in particolare di que' che cantano, con il modo di prendergli, conoscergli, allevargli, e mantenergli by Olina, Giovanni Pietro

Rome: Andrea Fe, 1622. First Edition. Large Octavo, 9 3/16 x 6 7/8 inches (232 x 175 mm);pp. XI + 161 + [12], including 66 full-page engraving of which 43 represent individual birds and 23 illustrate the materials about trapping and caring for birds; woo…

From Rob Zanger Rare Books LLC


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


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


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


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


Waterfowl of North America

Ducks Unlimited Canada, 1987. Leather bound. Used: Like New. A magnificent oblong folio (24 x 18 inches) containing 44 color reproductions of original works submitted by the artists protected by tissue guards. The plates are printed on museum quality pa…

From Buteo Books


Nos Oiseaux; Illustrated by Hector Giacomelli by Theuriet, Andre

Paris: Librairie Artistique H. Launette & Cie, 1887. First edition. leather_bound. Full decorated mustard calf. Aeg. Fine in fine marbled cloth and brown morocco chemise, backstrip with color onlays and lettered in gilt in matching slipcase, corners rubb…

From Royoung bookseller, Inc.


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