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    Lord [Thomas Lyttelton Powys] Lilford. Coloured Figures of the Birds of the British Islands. London: R. H. Porter, 1885-1897. First edition. Seven large octavo volumes accompanied by additional volume with index and a list of subscribers. Portrait frontispiece, 421 chromolithographic plates after A. Thorburn, G.E. Lodge and J.G. Keulemans, all mounted on linen studs. Contemporary strong red morocco, gilt ruling on boards, raised bands and gilt lettering on spines, top edges gilt. Boards slightly bowed or splayed, spines lightly sun-faded, joints and board edges rubbed. Volumes IV and V joints starting. Text block edges moderately foxed with some light toning spreading in outer margins, plates lightly foxed on outer margins with a few a bit soiled. A very good set. Sitwell, Fine Bird Books, p. 91; Peter Tate, A Century of Bird Books, p. 31; Jackson, Bird Illustrations.

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    "This seven volume work was published in 2 editions between 1885 and 1891, and contains 421 chromolitho plates. Lord Lilford felt that a book was needed with good plates at a cost which more people could afford than the books then in existence. He commissioned J. G. Keulemans to do the illustrations, after he was unable to procure the services of Joseph Wolf. Sadly, ill health prevented Keulemans from finishing the work, although he completed 125 plates, the last of which he drew (Green Woodpecker) whilst ill in bed. Lord Lilford then had to seek other artists..." (Peter Tate, A Century of Bird Books, p. 31).

    "George Ludge did six plates for Lilford... Thorburn was responsible for nearly two-thirds of the plates" (Jackson, Bird Illustrations).



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