THE BRITISH AVIARY, AND BIRD KEEPER'S COMPANION: Containing Copious Directions for Propagating the Breed of Canaries: Also, Goldfinch and Linnet Mules: The Best Method of Breeding Birds in General: As well as Practical Recipes for the cure of those disorders to which they are liable. In which also the cause is assigned why so many birds are found dead in their cages, as well as the destruction made amongst the young ones in the breeding season; with the Bets Methods of Prevention, The German Method of Teaching Birds to Sing Select Tunes, &c. &c.

First edition. Publisher's original embossed purple-brown cloth with gilt birds and titles to the spine. Yellow coated endpapers. Illustrated with 18 engraved plates, each depicting two birds. Contemporary bookseller's ticket to the front pastedown. A very good copy, the binding square and secure with a little wear to the head of the spine and a bump to the foot. The slightly shaken contents with a contemporary owner's pencil inscription (dated 1839) to the front pastedown, a little marking to the endpapers, the occasional mark to page margins, faint offsetting from a few plates to the facing text pages and a minor fold to the top corner of a handful of pages are otherwise in very good order.

A rare early nineteenth-century title concerning the care, treatment and training of all manner of cage-birds, well-illustrated with a most charming suite of engravings depicting 36 species of bird. Only one copy is recorded on Worldcat (McGill), with no institutional copies in the UK or USA.

Stock code: 20106


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