Diggles, Sylvester. THE ORNITHOLOGY OF AUSTRALIA. 3 vols., post folio (395mm by 280mm), Facsimile Edition; Vol. I, Parts 1 to 7, pp. [ii](blank), [viii](modern title-page & introductory text by Rob Lynn); (comprising 7 part wrappers & 42 coloured plates, each with facing page of descriptive text, reverses blank), (blank); map & 4 illustrations (1 coloured & 2 duotone) in introduction; Vol. II, Parts 8 to 14, pp. [ii](blank), [x](modern title-page & further introductory text); (comprising 7 part wrappers & 42 coloured plates, each with facing leaf of descriptive text, most reverses blank), (blank); 4 illustrations (2 coloured) in introduction; Vol. III, Parts 15 to 21, pp. [ii](blank), [viii](modern title-page & completion of introductory text); (comprising 7 part wrappers & 42 coloured plates, each with facing page of descriptive text, reverses blank), (blank); 4 illustrations in introduction; original half grey leather with grey cloth sides & illustrated endpapers; a fine set. Netley, [Adelaide]; State Publishing; 1989-90-92.
***Edition Limited to 500 hand-numbered sets. A complete facsimile of the rare original parts of this important early work on Australian ornithology reproduced from Captain S. A. White's personal copies. Both S. A. White and his father Samuel White were substantial contributors to the work. The Ornithology of Australia was issued in 21 parts between 1866 and 1870 in a limited edition of an uncertain number. By the time part 16 was published there were 92 subscribers to the edition. It is recognised as an extremely rare publication and few complete sets remain in existence. Sylvester Diggles (1817-1880) was a field naturalist and artist who became a strong force in the Queensland scientific and cultural movement. Samuel White communicated with Diggles from 1866 until their deaths in 1880, and was a major contributor to the work. The three volumes reproduce faithfully, without alteration or correction, the complete set of the 126 bird plates and text from the collection held by the family of Captain S. A. White. The results are highly accurate copies which reproduce every detail. This facsimile was originally published at nearly $1500. #28037
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