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    Robert Ridgway. A Nomenclature of Colors for Naturalists, and Compendium of Useful Knowledge for Ornithologists. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1886. First edition. Octavo. 129 pages. 17 plates of which 10 are hand-colored. Publisher's original brown cloth lettered in gilt. Former Bayard Henderson Christy collection donated to the Sewickley Public Library with Christy's book plate on the front pastedown and the library bookplate on the facing endpaper. Very good. [Together with:] Color Standards and Color Nomenclature. Washington, D. C.: Published by the author, 1912. First edition. Octavo. 43 pages. With 53 colored plates representing 1,115 named colors (applied by hand). Publisher's original green cloth lettered in gilt. Small library cancellation punch on the title page. Very good. Ridgway's two books were the gold standard for ornithologists until long after his death. The mechanics of the production of his Color Standards and Color Nomenclature are a marvel of printing in itself.

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