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    One Hundred and Fourteen Lithographs
    of Booth's Birds

    Edward Thomas Booth. [Edward Neale, illustrator]. Rough Notes on the Birds observed during twenty-five years' shooting and collecting in the British Islands. London: R.H. Porter, 1881-1887. Fifteen folios. One hundred-fourteen brightly hand-colored lithographs by Edward Neale. Complete in fifteen parts in their original illustrated paper covered boards with pebbled cloth backstrips and housed in seven blue cloth covered folding cases with ties. Boards rubbed, soiled, darkened, and chipped, edge wear, corner bumps, some cracked joints and hinges, parts X, XI, and XIV with detached covers, part X with surface paper losses on front cover; some over-opened pages, few loose pages and plates, minor dampstaining, foxing, occasional soiling, loose plate from part VIII with tears along its upper edge not affecting image; folding cloth cases color faded, dampstained, soiled, broken or lacking ties, inner paper covered linings torn with loss, one case with tape remnants; otherwise a good set of beautifully illustrated books, rarely ever seen in their original boards.
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    "Neale's most important assignment was given him by Edward T. Booth. This bird-watcher was a very wealthy man and could indulge himself full-time in his hobby. With his gun in hand he stalked the marshes near Rye, then the Norfolk Broads, and finally went further afield to the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland, in search of birds. From a gentleman who combined the two jobs of cutting men's hair and stuffing birds, Booth learned the art of taxidermy and proceeded to stuff all his own birds and set them up in glass cases. The cases were fitted up to represent the birds in their natural surroundings. These came into the possession of the Brighton townspeople at Booth's death in 1890. Many of these specimens, now in the Brighton Museum, were figured by Neale in Rough Notes. Neale provided the drawings for all of the one hundred and fourteen hand-coloured lithographs and this time we have evidence of his work on other species than game birds and birds of prey. These are very handsome folio plates whose composition is similar to those in Dresser's book [Birds of Europe]. ...


    "On the plates Neale has placed either a single bird, a pair of birds, or a pair with chicks. He is careful to note, at the foot of the plate, the age of the birds in their different plumage, Booth's work being a study of this aspect of the subject." 


    -C.E. Jackson. Bird Illustrators: Some Artists in Early Lithography. London: H.F. & G. Witherby, 1975. Page 95.

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    Auction Dates
    August, 2015
    5th Wednesday
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