Soffer Ornithology Collection Notes (alphabetical by author)

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Jackson, Christine E(lisabeth)(1936-) Prideaux John Selby A gentleman naturalist

Jackson, Christine E(lisabeth)(1936-) Sir William Jardine A life in natural history
Jackson, Christine E(lisabeth) (1936-). Bird etchings The illustrators and their books 1655-1855.

Jackson, Christine E(lisabeth) (1936-). Bird illustrators some artists in early lithography.

Jackson, Christine E(lisabeth) (1936-). Bird paintings the eighteenth century.

Jackson, Christine E(lisabeth) (1936-). Dictionary of bird artists / of the world.

Jackson, Christine E(lisabeth) (1936-). Great bird paintings of the world volume I the old masters.

Jackson, Christine E(lisabeth) (1936-). Sarah Stone  natural curiosities from the new worlds.

Jackson, Christine E(lisabeth) (1936-). Wood engravings of birds.

Jackson, Sir Frederick J(ohn) (1860-1929). Notes on the game birds of Kenya and Uganda (including the sand-grouse, pigeons, snipe, bustards, geese, and ducks.

James, Frank Linsley (1851-1890). The unknown horn of Africa  An exploration from Berbera to the Leopard River.

Janinet, Jean-François (1752-1814) and Pesotte ???. Cahier de differents oiseaux dessinées par Pesotte et gravées par Janinet.

Japanese, anonymous Encyclopedia of birds and animals, 181

Jaques, Francis Lee (1887-1969) Francis Lee Jaques / artist of the wilderness world

Jardine, Sir William (1800-1874). Contributions to ornithology 1848-1852.

Jardine, William (1800-1874). The natural history / of / humming-birds.

Jardine, William (1800-1874) The naturalist's library  volume V. Ornithology  Sun-birds

Jardine, William (1800-1874)  List of ornithological books   A catalogue of the birds contained in the collection of Sir William Jardine, Bart

(Jardine, William [1800-1874] and Selby Prideaux John [1788-1867]). (Illustrations of ornithology, Edinburgh, W. H. Lizars, 1826-1843).

Jaubert, J(ean)-B(aptiste) (1826-1897), Barthélemy-Lapommeraye, (Christophe Jérôme [1797-]). Richesses ornithologiques du Midi de la France, ou description méthodique de tous les oiseaux observés en Provence et dans les départements circonvoisins.

Sotheby’s. The collection of Marcel Jeanson.  Part III.  French ornithological watercolors of the 17th-19th centuries.

Jenkins, J. Mark. The native forest birds of Guam.

Jerdon, T. C. (1811-1872). Illustrations of Indian ornithology, containing fifty figures of new, unfigured and interesting species of birds, chiefly from the south of India.

Jerdon, T. C. The birds of India...  1862-1864

Jerrard, Paul (Publisher, fl. 1850). The book of exotic birds A series of richly colored plates accompanied by descriptions.

Jerrard, Paul (fl. 1850). The humming bird 0ffering.

Jewett, Stanley G(ordon) (1885-1955), Taylor, Walter P., Shaw (d. 1948), William, T., Aldrich, John W. Birds of Washington State.

Johns, C(harles) A(lexander).  British birds in their haunts. (first printing)

Johns, C(harles) A(lexander).  British birds and their haunts  (Fine inscribed copy of the first printing)

Johnsgard, Paul A. (illustrations by Henry Jones) The pheasants of the world

Johnsgard, Paul A. (colour plates of paintings by Major Henry Jones [1838-1921] owned by the London Zoological Society). Bustards, hemipodes, and sandgrouse Birds of dry places.

Johnsgard, Paul A. (1931-). The quails, partridges, and francolins of the world.

Johnson, Henry J. (publisher) (edited by Hugh Craig). Johnson's household book of nature.

Johnston, Alexander Keith (1804-1871). The physical atlas of natural phenomena  zoological geography…Aves.

Jones, Henry (1838-1921) (text by Peter J. S. Olney) The bird paintings of Henry Jones

Jones, Henry (1838-1921) (text by Peter J. S. Olney). The wildfowl paintings of Henry Jones.

Jones, Howard (text) (1853-1945) and Jones, Mrs. N(elson) E. (1827-1906). Illustratons of the nests and eggs of birds of Ohio with text.

Jones, Howard (1853-1945) Conclusions from a study of ornithology

Jonsson, Lars (1952-). Birds and light.

Jonsson, Lars (1952-) Ön bilder från en sandrevel

Jonsson, Lars (1952-) Fåglar I naturen hav och kust

Jonsson, Lars (1952-) Fåglar I naturen skog, park, trädgård

Jonsson, Lars (1952-) (edited by Iain Robertson and Mark Beaman; translated by Roger Littleboy). Birds of the Mediterranean and alps.

Josselyn, John (fl. 1630-1675). New England’s rarities discovered in birds, beasts, fishes, serpents, and plants of that country.

Joubert, P.-Ch(arles). Manuel / de / l'oiseleur....

Junk, W(ilhelm) (1866-1942). Rara / historico-naturalia et mathematica.

Jackson, Christine E.(lisabeth)(1936-)

Prideaux John Selby / a gentleman naturalist  24.0 x 16.6 cm.  Pp.  [i-v]vi-viii1-191(1).  Original publisher’s green cloth with gilt-lettered spine.  Endpapers with topographical county map.  Pictorial dust jacket.  Stocksfield, Northumberland, The Spredden Pres(1992), first and only printing.  This copy with signature of Gordon C. Sauer, biographer extraordinaire of John Gould and with his underlining, annotations and laid in note page dated 4/16/97.

i, Half-title; ii, uncolored half-tone frontispiece portrait of Selby; iii, title; iv, copyright; ISBN 1 871739 26 8; printed and bound by Smith Settle, West Yorkshire; v, contents; vi, picture credits; vii, acknowledgements; 1, privilege and duty; 15, house and household; 29, the garden is beautiful; 39, feathered hordes; 53, the work of gentleman artists; 64, write him to bottle beetles; 78, fine healthy-looking forest trees; 95, the poor horse; 107, a tour of Sutherland; 116, to try them running; 126, to take a cast at a kelt; 137, eminent contemporaries; 149, notes; 173, bibliography; 189, index.  Contains half-tone colored plates 1-7 included in pagination and with running text on obverse; uncolored frontispiece and uncolored half-tone and line figures 1-76, some full-page.

This scholarly work contains much new and original material gleaned from various local institutions.  The notes, bibliography and index appear to have been very carefully scrutinized by Gordon Sauer, not surprising since Selby was well acquainted with John Gould as well as with most well known contemporaries in ornithology including Audubon. 

Listed by Cornell, Harvard, Trinity.  Not listed by AMNH, Yale.



Jackson, Christine E.(lisabeth)(1936-), Davis, Peter (1947-)

Sir William Jardine  / a life in natural history
  23.3 x 15.8 cm.  Pp.  [i-vi]vii-xii1-244. Publisher’s original pictorial printed blue boards with white spine.  London and New York, Leicester University Press, 2001.  This copy with signed inscription from Christine Jackson to Gordon C. Sauer, the biographer extraordinaire of John Gould, on half-title leaf and with much underlining of text by Sauer.

i, Half-title; ii, uncolored half-tone frontispiece portrait of Jardine; iii, title; iv, “first published 2001”; ISBN 0-7185-0164-0; printed and bound by The Cromwell Press, Wiltshire; typeset by BookEns Ltd, Herts.; v, contents; vi, illustrations; viii, acknowledgements; ix, introduction: Sir William Jardine, 1800-1874; 1, “cave adsum”; 19, “look to your beams”; 36, “I cannot do without any ornithological work”; 51, “few men could cast a more alluring fly”; 71, “…great works of creation”; 84, “in a most comfortable carriage”; 99, “I am busy breaking stones”; 115, “I mean again to take up entomology”; 126, “a mania for humming birds”; 139, “a visionary dream”; 155, “the finest collection of birds in Britain”; 167, notes; 195, bibliography; 207, appendices; 216, name index; 218, subject index.  Contains uncolored half-tone frontispiece portrait and uncolored half-tone and line text figures 1-31 including a map.

This is another of Mrs. Jackson’s very scholarly recreations of Victorian natural history.  The section entitled “name index” describes virtually all the players.  This copy is inscribed by the author to Gordon Sauer who has underlined it extensively, not surprising since John Gould, his abiding biographical interest, was almost an exact contemporary of Jardine and the two were well acquainted.

Listed by Yale.  Not listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trintiy.



Jackson, Christine E(lisabeth) (1936-)

Dictionary of / Bird Artists / of the World  27.4.x 21.6 cm.  Pp.  [1-4]5-550; 275 ll.  Original publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering on upper cover and spine.  Pictorial dust jacket and endpapers.  Suffolk, Antique Collectors' Club, 1999. 

1, Half-title; 2, frontispiece; 3, title; 4, publication data; 5, contents; 6, acknowledgements; 9, scope; 11, historical survey; 28, abbreviations; 31, explanation of entries; 33, colored plate section; 129, alphabetical entries; 507, appendix, national bird art; 527, index of artists by nationality; 547 bibliography.  Contains 191 unnumbered colored pictures on both sides of 47 leaves in the section of colored plates and an additional 11 colored pictures, including two full-page, in the antecedent sections.  Also contains 182 unnumbered, uncolored text illustrations.

This is an extraordinarily ambitious work in which Mrs. Jackson has synthesized information concerning approximately 4,000 artists from the 15th century to the present.  Her aim for each artist was to present his/her name, dates, living and working locations, general biographical information including any books that were illustrated, location of pictures in museums or galleries, sale locations and prices for pictures, and a bibliography.  Of necessity, the amount of information was very variable for the different artists.  She has purposely omitted reference to any living artists.

There is an immense amount of information in this book which is interesting and not available elsewhere.  There has certainly never been a book on bird art remotely as comprehensive and as wide ranging as this one.  Inevitably, of course, the material can seem superficial in particular instances where the reader has specialized knowledge.

The pictures give an indication of the style of the originals but they are not sufficiently well produced to convey the beauty which these may exhibit.  The book was printed in England but the firm responsible for color separation is not identified.

Jackson, Christine E(lisabeth) (1936)

Bird / etchings / The illustrators and their books / 1655-1855 25.5 x 18.0 cm.  [1-6]7-292[293](1).  Original publisher's blue cloth with black lettering on spine.  Brown endpapers.  Pictorial dust jacket.  Correspondence from author to RLS laid in loosely.  Two off prints by author from Archives of Natural History laid in loosely.  Ithaca and London, Cornell University Press, 1985. 

1, Half-title; 2, list of books by author; 3, title; 4, copyright; "first published 1985"; ISBN 0-8014-1695-7; 5, quotation from Richard Blome, 1686; 6, blank; 7, contents; 9, list of illustrations; 12, blank; 13, preface; 15, acknowledgments; 19, half-title; 21, background; 48, Francis Willughby and John Ray; 62, Eleazar Albin; 76, Mark Catesby; 88, George Edwards; 103, Thomas Pennant; 122, William Hayes; 136, John Latham; 148, John Walcott; 157, William Lewin; 169, James Bolton; 181, Edward Donovan; 190, George Graves; 201, Prideaux John Selby; 214, Sir William Jardine; 230, John James Laforest Audubon; 247, continental illustrated bird books published to 1660; 250, the use of metal for bird illustration; 256, the main periodicals with engraved/etched illustrations; 261, notes; 267, selected bibliography and chapter sources; 280, index of names; 288, index of Latin bird names; 293, LOC cataloging in publication data.  Contains: plates 1-4 printed in color half-tone on one side only and not included in pagination; text uncolored half-tone figures 1-76, most full-page and included in pagination.

This work is the logical complement to the author's previous treatises on lithography and wood engraving in British bird books.  She devotes a chapter to the authors, artists and engravers responsible for most of the important books illustrated by this technique and published in England although Thomas Brown's Illustrations of the American Ornithology..  and Genera of birds..  have been inexplicably omitted.  The great French and continental contribution in the area of engraved ornithological illustration is not within the purview of this book which is unfortunate.  Unlike its predecessors, this volume was produced in the United States and the color printing is dreadful.  None-the-less, the high level of scholarship and originality of subject matter make this an important contribution to the literature of ornithological iconography.

Listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity and Yale.

Jackson, C(hristine) E(lisabeth) (1936-)

Bird / illustrators / some artists in early / lithography  24.6 x 18.6 cm.  [1-4]5-133(1).  Original publisher's black cloth with gilt lettering to spine.  Blue-gray endpapers.  Top edge dyed yellow.  Pictorial dust jacket.  Correspondence from author to RLS laid in loosely.  London, H. F. & G. Witherby, 1975. 

1, Half-title; 2, blank; 3, title with Thorburn woodcut vignette; 4, "first published 1975"; copyright; credits: printed by The Compton Press, Salisbury; ISBN 0 85493 103 1; 5, preface; 6, vignette; 7, contents; 8, vignette; 9, list of illustrators; 10, vignette; 11, acknowledgements; 13, background; 25, William Swainson; 32, Edward Lear; 39, John Gould; 59, Henry Leonard Meyer; 63, Josef Wolf; 75, Joseph Smit; 84, John Gerrard Keulemans; 93, Edward Neale; 97, William Foster; 100, Claude Wilmott Wyatt; 103, William Frederick Frohawk; 108, Henrik Grönvold; 116, Archibald Thorburn; 124, George Edward Lodge; 129, bibliography; 131, name index.  Contains 14 unnumbered plates printed on one side only in color half-tone and not included in pagination.  Also contains five unnumbered uncolored line vignettes reproduced from woodcuts after Thorburn.

Mrs.  Jackson became an authority on ornithological art and this is her first book on the subject.  She considers 14 artists whose pictures were reproduced in England by lithography.  For each artist, she provides a biography, a reproduction of a colored lithograph, and a list of books containing colored lithographs by the artist.  The biographies are quite detailed, provide information not easily found, and must have involved considerable research.  The commentary is very well informed and this early anthology of bird artists was extremely influential among future authors on the subject as well as on collectors.

This is an important work on English ornithological iconography.  When Mrs. Jackson later turned her attention to original art work she expanded her horizons beyond the British Isles.

This work listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity, Yale.

Jackson, Christine E(lisabeth)

Bird paintings / the eighteenth century  27.3 x 21.3 cm.  [1-6]7-143(1).  Original publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering on upper cover and spine.  Colored pictorial endpapers and dust jacket.  Woodbridge, Suffolk, Antique Collectors' Club (1994).  First and only edition.

1, blank; 2, colored frontispiece; 3, title with colored illustration; 4, copyright; ISBN 1 85149 199 6; other books by author; printer designation: Antique Collectors' Club Ltd.; 5, contents; 7, foreword by Rafael Valls; 8, introduction; 14, text; 140, index of birds (English names); 141, index of names; photographic acknowledgements; 142, advertisements for previous and future publications by author and Antique Collectors' Club.  Contains approximately 71 unnumbered colored and 26 uncolored reproductions in half-tone, many full-page, all included in pagination.

Although not explicitly stated, this is the second volume in Mrs. Jackson's series on "Great bird paintings of the world", the first having covered "The old masters" and taken the reader through the year 1699.  The present work covers the next century and includes biographical and illustrative material from more than 40 artists.  Amongst those represented are Oudry, Desportes, Reinagle, Bogdani, Pieter Casteels, Tobias Stranover,  Sarah Stone, Catesby, Edwards, John Collins, Paillou, Bewick, Ferdinand Bauer, the Port Jackson Painter, and Lady Elizabeth Gwillim for whom the author has particularly high praise.  Mrs. Jackson identifies not only the artists, but also the birds they have drawn.  As usual with her work, the information is all original and meticulously researched.  She is painting a superb tableau herself of an interesting subject which has certainly never been so adroitly drawn together.

This work listed by AMNH, Cornell, Yale.  Not listed by Harvard, Trinity.

Jackson, Christine E(lisabeth) (1936-)

Great / bird paintings / of the world / Volume I / the old masters  27.3 x 21.3 cm.  [1-6]7-143(1).  Original publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering on upper cover and spine.  Colored pictorial endpapers and dust jacket.  Woodbridge, Suffolk, Antique Collectors' Club (1993).  First and only edition. 

1, blank; 2, colored frontispiece; 3, title page with colored illustration; 4, acknowledgments; copyright; ISBN 1 85149 178 3; other books by author; printer designation: Antique Colllectors' Club Ltd.; 5, list of illustrations; 7, foreword by David Lank; 8, introduction; 14, text; 137, index of birds;139, index (of names);141, forthcoming publications by the author.  Contains 74 unnumbered colored and 15 uncolored illustrations many full-page, all printed on both sides of leaves and included in pagination.

Mrs. Jackson had already demonstrated her interest in the pictorial representation of birds in her three volumes on lithographs, wood engravings and etchings in English ornithological publications.  Here she branches out significantly into a highly original subject area.  Although there are many works devoted to the art of the bird book, there are few dealing with the depiction of birds in unpublished paintings and none at a level as comprehensive as this one.  This is the first of the  author's  projected a four-volume series to describe and illustrate the great paintings of birds.

This volume discusses and illustrates more than 40 artists and their work through the 17th century.  Included are important painters not ordinarily associated with pictures of birds such as Holbein, Rubens, Rembrandt and Caravaggio as well as others who specialized, at least to a certain extent, in natural history including Roelandt Savery, Nicolas Robert, Maria Merrian and Gillis, Gysbert and Melchior de Hondecoeter.  Of the latter, the author remarks (p.12) "…the greatest painter of bird pictures until the nineteenth century".

Like Mrs. Jackson's earlier works, this one is both extremely instructive and interesting.  She describes not only the pictures, but also the artists and the art world.  She also identifies many of the pictured birds.

Listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Yale, Trinity.


Jackson, Christine E. (1936-)

Sarah Stone  Natural Curiosities from the New Worlds  29.1 x 23.1 cm.  Pp. [1-6]7-159(1).  80 Ll.  Original green cloth, gilt-lettered spine, decorative dust jacket.  Merrell Holberton and the Natural History Museum, London, 1998.  A monograph in the “Art of Nature” series. 

1, Half-title; 3, title; 4, publication data; 5, contents; 6, acknowledgements; 7, introduction; 9, Sarah Stone..; 37, the Leverian Museum; 77, other artists using the Leverian Museum; 109, watercolours by Sarah Stone in institutions; 138, watercolours by Stone at auctions; 140, Stone’s book illustrations; 148, index to species in Stone’s watercolours, drawings and prints; 157, bibliography; 159, index of persons.  Contains colored frontispiece and colored plates 1-59, all included in pagination, and text (figures) 1-16.

This is a superb description of late 18th century British natural history illustration, much of which was dependent on Ashton Lever’s (and James Parkinson’s) great collection. Amongst the artists discussed besides Stone are: Charles Catton; Edward Donovan; Sydenham T. Edwards (who did birds for Governor Phillips and for the Oiseaux D’Orés); Lady Eleanor Fenn; Moses Griffith; Peter Brown; Julius Caesar Ibbetson; John Latham; Vicompte Alexandre Isidore Leroy de Barde; William Lewin; Thomas Martyn; William Frederick Martyn; Frederick Polydore Nodder; Philip and Ramsay Richard Reinagle; Charles Reuben Ryley; and John Walcott.

As usual with books by Mrs. Jackson, there is much interesting information that would be virtually impossible to find elsewhere.

Jackson, Christine E(lisabeth) (1936-)

Wood / engravings / of birds  23.1 x 14.0 cm.  Pp. [1-7]8-144.  Original publisher's red cloth with gilt black paper lettering piece on upper spine, gilt lettering on lower spine.  Pictorial dust jacket.  Correspondence from author to RLS laid in loosely.  London, H. G. & G. Witherby, 1978. 

1, Half-title; 2, list of books by same author; 3, title with vignette; 4, "first published 1978"; copyright; credits: printed by BAS Printers Limited, Hampshire; 5, Bewick quotation; 6, contents; 7, list of artists and engravers illustrated; 8, acknowledgements; 11, introduction; 15, history and development; 27, Thomas Bewick; 59, Thomas Campbell Eyton; 71, William Yarrell; 91, William Dickes; 105, Benjamin Fawcett; 125, a change of style (Daglish and Tunnicliffe); 131, bibliography; 135, biographical sources; 139, sources of the illustrations; 141, index; Contains; colored frontispiece of paradise parrot from William Greene's Parrots in captivity printed on one side only and not included in pagination; approximately 91 unnumbered, uncolored vignettes or text figures reproduced from wood engravings by line or by half-tone.

This is the second of Mrs. Jackson's books on English ornithological iconography.  Here, she is concerned with wood engravings and provides biographies of relevant craftspeople and, in the case of Yarrell, an author whose important book was illustrated by the technique.  As usual with books by Mrs. Jackson, there is a great deal of information that would be very difficult to find elsewhere.  Wood engravings are easily and well reproduced by photomechanical techniques and there are many attractive text illustrations in this volume.

This work is listed by AMNH, Cornell, Trinity and Yale.  Not listed by Harvard.



Jackson, Sir Frederick J(ohn) (1860-1929)

Notes on the game / birds of Kenya and / Uganda / (including the sand-grouse, pigeons, / snipe, bustards, geese, and ducks  22.2 x 14.4 cm.  [A]8B-R8S2[$1 signed]; 138 ll.  Pp.  [i-vi]vii-xv(1)[1]2-258(2, publisher's advertisement).  Publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering on upper cover and spine.  Uncut.  London, Williams and Norgate Ltd, 1926. 

i, Half-title; ii, blank; iii, title; iv, "printed in Great Britain"; v, dedication; vi, blank; vii, preface; xi, contents; xv, list of plates; 1, Phaesianidae (francolins, quail, guinea fowl); 102, Turnicidae (hemipodes); 109, Pteroclidae (sand-grouse); 123, Columbidae (pigeons and doves); 179, Scolopacidae (snipe); 194, Otididae (bustards); 213, Anatidae (geese and ducks); 258, printer designation: Richard Clay & Sons, Limited, Bungay.  Contains plates I-XIII printed in color half-tone on one side only and not included in pagination.  Artists are J. G. Keulemans (5); Major Henry Jones (2); Henrik Grönvold (2); J. Smit (2); unidentified (2).  The illustrations have been reproduced from antecedent publications including volume XXII (1893) of the British Museum Catalogue.

This work covers 113 species, providing the following material for each: nomenclatural citations; description; distribution both general and with specific localities; notes.  The latter section often contains personal observations and anecdotes as well as whatever information is available concerning the life history of the species including its breeding.

An important three-volume work attributed posthumously to Jackson, The birds of the Kenya Colony and the Uganda Protectorate, was compiled by W. L. Sclater and published in 1938.

Wood, p. 401.  Also listed by AMNH, Harvard, Trinity, Yale but not listed by Cornell.

James, Frank Linsley (1851-1890)

The Unknown Horn of Africa    An Exploration from Berbera to the Leopard River  224 x 160 mm.  π8(including initial blank)A-X8Y4[$1 signed]; 180 ll (including initial blank).  Pp. [i-vii]viii-ix[x-xi]xii-xiv[1]2-344.  Original decorated green cloth with pictorial upper cover.  London, George Philip, 1888. 

i, Half-title; iii, title; v, preface; ix, contents; 1, narrative; 229, appendix; 324, notes; 339, index.  Contains 14 lithographic plates (10 colored), nine “autotype” plates in blue or sepia and several text illustrations and endpieces.  This copy lacks a map that should be in the pocket on the inside of the lower cover.

Although James was the organizer and chronicler of this voyage through Somaliland, taken during the years 1884 and 1885, the naturalist who collected the specimens was E. Lort-Phillips.  Analyses of the various collections were first published in scholarly journals and articles on lepidoptera, mammals, birds and flora are all here reprinted in the appendix.  Those on birds are George Shelley’s A Collection of Birds from Somali-land, pp. 276-308, and Gustav Hartlaub’s On a New Species of Barbet of the Genus Trachyphonus, pp. 309-317.  These were published in The Ibis in 1885 and 1886.  Shelley described 62 species including six new to science and 40 new to Somaliland.  Hartlaub added a seventh new species by separating the barbet.

The 14 lithographs include four of mammals by J. Smit (colored), five of birds by Keulemans (colored), one of lepidoptera by A. G. Butler (colored) and four of plants by M. Smith (uncolored, as always).  The zoological plates were printed by Hanhart, the botanicals by Vincent, Brooks, Day and Son.  The attractive autotype plates depict scenes and adventures from the narrative and were done by Rose Hake.  I believe that autotype is a form of photogravure reproduction.  Hake also did the text illustrations which are interesting, not only pictorially, but also because they are printed by a photographic process rather than as woodcuts.  This is the earliest example of such printing that I’ve seen amongst ornithological books.

This is quite an uncommon book particularly with the zoological plates colored.  

Wood, p. 404; Yale, p. 147; Zimmer, p. 320, (uncolored).  Not listed for Trinity.

Janinet, Jean-François (1752-1814) and Pesotte ???

Cahier de Differents Oiseaux Dessinées par Pesotte et Gravées par Janinet  Folio on laid paper. 44 x 29 cm.  Six superb soft ground etchings numbered 1-6 with number 1 containing title.  Twentieth century morocco-backed marbled boards.  Paris, chez Jean, N. D. (ca. 1800). 

This album and its artist, Pesotte, are apparently unrecorded in catalogues relating either to prints or to ornithological literature and iconography.  The plates are extraordinarily artistic, particularly with respect to texture and dynamic postures.  Each depicts foliage and several birds amongst which can be recognized tits, parrots and partridges.  The quality of the etching is unbelievable and one must use a loupe to convince oneself that these are not original charcoal sketches.  Janinet was a well known Parisian engraver who excelled especially at mezzotint.  According to Maggs Catalogue #1166 of 1993, “Jean” refers to Jean Pierre Mondhare, whose father-in-law was also a print publisher.  This item was #574 in that catalogue and the copy was sold and then put up for auction where I bought it.  Neither Christie’s nor Maggs could find any information concerning Pesotte, nor could I with more limited bibliographical resources.

This seems to be little known work and is probably quite rare.



Japanese, anonymous

Cho(?) (volume 1 of Choju encyclopedia of animals and birds which itself may be part of larger encyclopedic series)  26.5 x 19.0 cm.  Laid paper.  16 leaves. Japanese style binding (right to left) with dark blue cardboard stitched wrappers, printed white labeling piece on upper (right) cover.  Japan (?city), Bunsei era, first year, (1818).

The first page contains text and is followed by 15 double-page and one single-page black-and-white prints.  Although two of the double page prints depict single species (crane and pheasant), the others show several species each and a total of about 82 species are illustrated.  Each is identified but there is no artist’s signature or stamp on the illustrated pages.  The prints are handsome with rather thick lines that render the subjects more substantial than in some other Japanese works of this era.



Jaques, Francis Lee (1887-1969) (text by Florence Page Jaques [1890-1982]; foreword by Roger Tory Peterson [1908-1996])

Francis Lee Jaques / artist of the wilderness world  28.5 x 25.1 cm.  Pp.  [i-vi]vii-xxi(1)[1-2]3-370.  Publisher's gray cloth with gilt waterfowl design on upper cover, gilt lettering to spine.  Yellow endpapers with scratchboard decoration.  Garden City, New York, Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1973. 

i, Blank; ii, books by Florence Page Jaques and Francis Lee Jaques; iii, half-title; iv, blank; v, title; vi, credits; book design by Mary Frances Gazze; ISBN 0-385-02239-5; first edition; printed in Japan; vii, publisher's note; viii, contents; x, list of paintings; xii, acknowledgments; xiv, to the memory of Francis Lee Jaques by Sigurd F. Olson; xvi, in memory of Florence Page Jaques by Harriet Buchheister; xviii, foreword by Roger Tory Peterson; 1, the Jaques story; 115, the paintings; 235, Francis Lee Jaques as artist-three views by Florence Page Jaques, Jerome P. Connolly and Robert G. Larson; 259, the pencil sketches; 295, a Jaques treasury; 253, Francis Lee Jaques's journal of his trip to the Peruvian islands; 358, the amazing GNR ( great northern road) of Rfancis Lee Jaques by Linn H. Westcott; 362, a buffalo hunt by Ephraim Jaques (father); 366, index.  Contains: 62 unnumbered colored illustrations (one double-page, 57, full-page, included in pagination) printed in half-tone, text for next plate on verso; 96 unnumbered, uncolored plates (four double-page, 60 full-page), scratchboard (54) or half-tone (42).

This book is a feast for those who enjoy the art of Francis Lee Jaques and there are few who don't.  He had a unique sweeping style and was one of few wildlife artists who was comfortable drawing birds in flight.  He is best known for his museum dioramas, particularly those in the American Museum of Natural History.  His colored plates for Robert Cushman Murphy's Oceanic birds of South America (1936) have always been widely admired, and those for Arthur Howell's Birds of Florida (1932) and Sprunt and Chamberlain's Birds of South Carolina (1949) are among my own favorites.

Listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity and Yale.

Jardine, Sir William (1800-1874)

Contributions / to / Ornithology / 1848-1852  Five volumes in two.  22.3 x 14.1 cm.  Contemporary gilt-ruled half red morocco, marbled boards. Spine with five gilt-ruled and decorated raised bands, gilt brown morocco lettering pieces in second and third compartments, elaborate gilt ornithological tool in others.  Marbled endpapers. TEG. London, Samuel Highley (ca. 186).

The complete work contains 95 plates, 79 hand-colored, two partially hand-colored, and three colored text lithographs.

(Vol I. text, so designated only on spine)  No signatures. Total leaves 356.  Pp.  [i-iii]iv-vii, (378, irregularly paginated)1-163(1)12-1622; i, Title; ii, printer designation; London: T. E. Metcalf; iii-viii, contents, describing very irregular pagination, even for 1850 and 1851 where it is sequntial; 1848, 66 pp. including two half-titles; 1849, 142, pp. including one half-title; 1850, 170 pp. including one half-title; 1851, pp. 1-153(1); 1852, pp. 12-1622.  Contains five uncolored text illustrations and three unnumbered colored lithographic illustrations in text of 1850, printed on special paper.

(Vol. II, Plates, so designated on spine, "Illustrations" designated on half-title;).   Pp. [1-v]vi-vii(1); 4 ll.  i, Half-title: Illustrations / to / Jardine's Contributions / to / Ornithology; ii, blank; iii, title; iv, printer designation; v-vii index to plates.  The index lists plates 1-101 including 81* but lacking 4, 9, 23, 41,46, 47 and 60 for a total of 95.  The plates themselves are unnumbered.  Contains 95 plates after various artists by various printers of which 79 hand-colored, two partially hand-colored.  Two of the (colored) plates are engraved the remainder printed by lithography or papyrography.

This work contains a series of articles, many important, issued irregularly over a five-year period, 1848-1852.  It is sometimes considered the first English periodical devoted exclusively to ornithology.  After cessation of its publication, the bookseller Samuel Highley acquired the remainder stock which he issued in two volumes after adding title pages and very confusing lists of contents and plates.  In addition to Jardine, P. L. Sclater and Hugh Strickland were major contributors to the journal.  Other authors included Blyth, Eyton, Gould, Kaup, Malherbe, Müller, Rüppell, Sundvall, Wolley etc.  Most of the articles concern exotic ornithology with especially noteworthy serial sections entitled "Illustrations of Ornithology" describing and illustrating new species and "Illustrations of Foreign Oology".  Articles on the birds of Tobago and Bermuda are the first "modern" ornithological treatments of these areas.  There is also a reprint of the entire 17 pp. preliminary section of the contemporary Monographie des Loxiens by Bonaparte and Schlegel.

The illustrations are also an important part of this publication.  Most of them were done by CDMS, Catherine Dorcas Maule Strickland, Jardine's daughter who was married to Hugh Strickland.  The majority of these were done by a procedure that Strickland invented and called "papyrography" or "anastatic printing", that is described in some detail at the beginning of the 1848 section.  Briefly, the artist draws on paper in the normal direction using lithographic chalk.  The printer impresses the drawing onto a zinc plate or stone and then makes multiple impressions from the plate.  Thus only a single artist is involved and he/she need not draw in reverse.  The drawback seems to have been that there was only  one printer, P. H. Delamotte of Oxford, who was ever able to master the technique.  Only one other ornithological publication, Strickland and Melville's The Dodo and its Kindred, contains illustrations done by this method which yields a lithograph-like image.  Other plates in this journal were done by Jardine and by Oudart, and perhaps by undesignated artists.  Most of these are hand-colored lithographs and were printed by Reeve, Reeve & Nichols, Lemercier, and Becquet Frères.  Most plates contain the year of printing which corresponds closely to the year of publication save in the case of the two hand-colored engravings printed in the style of Lizars that bear the date 1838.  The list of plates goes through 101 which has caused some confusion amongst bibliographers.

Wood, p. 406; Zimmer, p. 703.  Also listed for AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity, Yale, the copies at Harvard, Trinity and Yale being the Highley edition.

Jardine, William (1800-1874)

The Natural History / of / Humming-Birds  18.9 x 12.6 cm.  Two volumes.  Contemporary elegant green half-morocco with marbled boards by Root & Son.  Gilt ruling on covers.  Five gilt raised ridges on spines with gilt lettering in the second and fourth compartments and gilt floral design in the other four.  Marbled endpapers.  AEG.  Edinburgh: W. H. Lizars, 5, St. James' Square; S. Highley, London; W. Curry Jun. & Son, Dublin., 1840

Vol. I.  π4B-L8M4[$1 signed]; 88ll.   Pp.  (2,)[xi]xii-xv[xvi][25]26-191(1).  π1r, title; π1v, printer designation: W. H. Lizars; π2r-π2v, advertisement from publisher; π3r-π4r, contents;π4v, blank; 25, memoir of Linnaeus; 93 ornithology, introduction; 117, descriptions and specific accounts.  Contains addititional engraved title leaf with hand-colored vignette and hand-colored metal-engraved plates 1-14, 16-17, 19-34, this copy lacking plates 15, 18.  Also contains uncolored, engraved portrait of Linnaeus on India paper as frontispiece and 11 unnumbered text woodcut figures.

Vol. II.  π4A-M8[$1 signed]; 100 ll.  Pp.  [i-iii]iv-viii[1]2-192.  i, Title; ii, printer designation; iii, advertisement from publisher; v, contents; 1, memoir of Pennant; 67, ornithology, introduction; 73, descriptions and specific accounts; 159, synopsis of the Trochilidae; 183, index.  Contains additional engraved title leaf with hand-colored vignette and metal-engraved, hand-colored plates 1-30 with 1 replacing a missing portrait of Pennant as frontispiece.  Also contains five unnumbered text woodcut figures.

This copy is lacking two colored plates and a portrait of Pennant.  However, the peculiar pagination of volume I is due to a printer's error and not to lacking preliminaries.  Zimmer has carefully described a copy of this work (p 329) and his description is similar to this copy save for the missing plates and portrait and an initial "pp. 1-14 (advt.)" which he describes for each volume preceding the title.  I gather that these are publisher's advertisements for other published works.  The "advertisement from publisher" that is intrinsic to this work specifically describes how it differs from that in the Naturalist's Library and lists sequential volumes which may appear depending on the success of this one (they never appeared and these two volumes were not commercial successes).

These volumes are a de luxe edition of the two hummingbird volumes (1833-1834) that appeared in the highly successful Naturalist's Library of Jardine.  The Library was produced very cheaply and Jardine thought that there might be a place for volumes that were in a more sumptuous format.  The present two volumes, the only ones to appear in the special format, differ from their predecessors in being printed on larger paper; in having double-ruled borders around the text; in having the backgrounds of the plates colored; and in having English instead of Latin names as legends for the plates.  In addition, according to Zimmer, the title pages were changed and the text was reset with different pagination and with enlarged memoirs of Linnaeus and Pennant.  The artist for the plates is not designated but most of them were copied from Lesson's works on the same subject which preceded these by a couple of years.

Although this copy is in the large-paper format, it has been much cut down by the binder in gilding the edges.  Every other example that I have examined has had light peppery spotting of the plates, which, in this copy, are clean.  Copies of this de luxe edition have always been quite uncommon and desireable.  Such copies are listed for the Field Museum (Zimmer),  McGill (Casey Wood), Trinity and Yale but are apparently absent from the AMNH, Cornell, and Harvard.


(Jardine, William [1800-1874])

The  / naturalist’s library / volume V. / ornithology / sun-birds   16.0 x 10.1 cm.  [A]4B-R8S4(-S4) ($1 signed)135 ll.  Pp.  [i-iii]iv-v[vi-viii][17]18-277(1)  Near contemporary full red morocco with blind decorative frames on upper and lower covers.  Spine rebacked to style with gilt panels, decorations and lettering.  AEG.  Edinburgh, W. H. Lizars, ND (1844-1864).

 Two PLs; frontispiece, engraved portrait of “Willoughby” (sic); and engraved, hand-colored title leaf; i, title; ii, printed by W. H. Lizars, Edinburgh; iii, contents; vi, blank; vii, title leaf for memoire of Willughby; viii, blank; 17, memoire of Willughby; 147, Nectariniadae.- introduction; 164, descriptions (comprising 41 species); 247 synopsis.  Contains uncolored engraved portrait of Willughby, colored, engraved title page and hand-colored engraved plates 1-30 drawn by Stewart, engraved by Lizars, each with tissue guard leaf.  Also contains six unnumbered, uncolored text woodcuts.

This is a reprint of what was originally (1843) volume XIII of The Naturalist’s Library, here changed to volume V.  The plates of the reprint differ somewhat from those in the original edition (see Zimmer, p. 332-333).

Wood, p. 405; Zimmer, pp. 332-3.





Jardine, William (1800-1874)


 List / of/ ornithological books   A / catalogue /of / the birds / contained in the collection of / Sir William Jardine, Bart.  21.3 x 13.4 cm.  [A]8B-2D42E2(-2E2)($1, 2 signed) 113 ll.  Pp.  [1-3]4-14(2, blank)[12]22-14215-210.  Near contemporary red calf-backed marbled boards with gilt lettering on spine.  Patterned endpapers.  Antecedent red calf spine strip with gilt lettering pasted to upper pastedown. Fine red speckled edges.  NP, ND (?London, late 19th century).  Signature of Gordon Sauer on half-title leaf.  A few scattered stamps of the AMNH.


 1, Half-title, list of ornithological books; pencil signature of Gordon Sauer;2, blank; 3, list of ornithological books (about 330 titles);12, a catalogue of the birds….; 210, printer designation: Taylor and Francis.


 There is a note initialed by Sauer, the Gould scholar, on page 3, the initial page of the list of books, as follows; “G means not listed in the Quaritch gen Catalogue of Nov., 1881,  pp 297 on  The checks, red or pencil, are not by me nor are the numbers nor ink corrections  2/25/80” (presumably 1980).


 On the half-title for the list and on the first page of the catalogue are old ink notations that may be “Proof A. J.”  The second one also has a number, 59.82:07.  There are occasional notations (corrections) in the list of books that are in the same hand.


 The “Catalogue of the birds….” lists about 3,000 specimens and for each includes its point of origin and the name of the person from whom it was purchased.


WorldCat locates a single copy of the catalogue (without the list of books) and gives the name “Edith Kent”as the author of the preface and the year 1874 It notes that Edith Kent was secretary to Jardine and that the copy  examined had a title page, preface and pp. 169-210 i mimeographed with handwriting manuscript with the handwritten notation “proof, Dec. 1874”.


(Jardine, William [1800-1874] and Selby Prideaux John [1788-1867])

(Illustrations of ornithology, Edinburgh, W. H. Lizars, 1826-1843)  28.6 x 22.0 cm (cropped by binder).   Twelve hand-colored engraved plates, each with accompanying leaf of descriptive text as described below, from part 9, February, 1833 and New Series, part 1, February 1837.  This extract is included in a volume entitled "Natural History Miscellany" bound in late 20th century half brown calf over marbled boards.

CXXII (text), 122 (plate): Corythaix buffoni.

CXXIII, 123: Coracias cyanogaster.

CXXVII, 127: Trichophorus tephrogenys.

CXXVIII, 128: Trichophorus brachypodioides.

CXXIX, 129: Petrocincla rufiventris.

CXXX, 130: Trogon Reinwardtii.

CXXXI, 131: Ramphopis flamigerus.

CXXXIII, 133: Tropidorhynchus corniculatus.

I/N. S.(text), I/ N. S. (plate): Pernis apivorus.  Designated J.P.S(tewart). del. & Sc.

II/N.S.: Hypsepetes ganeesa,  E. Lear del., Lizars sc.

III/N.S.: Brachypus eutilotus  W. J.(ardine) del., Lizars sc.

IV/N.S.; Ianthocincla squamata  E. Lear del., Lizars sc.

The complete work was published in parts 1-10 and New Series parts 1-9,1826-1843 and contained 20 7 plates, each with a descriptive leaf of letter-press.  The "New Series" section began in 1837 and the "N.S." plates here are from the first of its nine parts.  The others are from part nine of the original series.  The work was intended to illustrate and describe birds that had not been previously properly illustrated or that were here being presented for the first time.  The brief text includes synonymy if previously described, diagnostic characteristics in Latin, a description in English and comments regarding distribution.

This is one of a small number of books to which Lear contributed ornithological illustrations.  The work is quite uncommon.

Anker, No. 222; Wood, p. 405; Zimmer, p. 322.  Also listed by AMNH, Trinity, Yale.  Not listed by Cornell, Harvard.

Jaubert, J(ean)-B(aptiste) (1826-1897), Barthélemy-Lapommeraye, (Christophe Jérôme [1797-])

Richesses Ornithologiques / du / Midi de la France, ou / Description Méthodique de Tous les Oiseaux Observés en Provence / et dans les Départements Circonvoisins  32.5 x 25.0 cm.  [1]42-684692(+1)[$1 signed]; 275 ll.  Pp.  [1-7]8-547[548-550].  Contemporary purple buckram-backed marbled boards.  Uncut, partly unopened.  Marseille, Typ. et Lith. Barlatier-Feissat et Demonchy, 1859. 

1, Half-title; 2, blank; 3, title; 4, blank; 5, authors' note; 7, introduction; 17, systematic text; 531, supplément; 535, synoptic (Latin-French) classification table; 539, contents (in order of appearance by French name of species); 549, list of plates.  Contains hand-colored lithographic plates 1-20, so listed only in list of plates and (21), Bewick's Swan, not called for in list.  Plates are drawn and lithographed by J. Susini.

This work was intended to complete and complement the antecedent (1825) Ornithologie Provinçale… by Polydore Roux.  However, it is complete in itself providing extensive coverage of each species as well as unifying characteristics of each taxonomic group.  The first 20 plates have the figures colored against plain backgrounds whereas the plate not called for in  the list, Bewick's Swan, has the background colored as well and appears to be colored with more gum arabic than the others.  It was, however, drawn and lithographed by Susini and printed by Barlatier-Feissat et Demonchy as were the others.  On the page containing the list of plates is a note " La Librairie Laffitte..a fut colorier quelques exemplaires…" which implies that only a few copies were colored.  However, every copy that I have ever seen or heard about has the plates colored although some lack that depicting Bewick's Swan. 

According to Zimmer (p. 334), the work was issued in seven livraisons.

Anker, 142;  Ronsil, Bibliographie, 1482; Wood, p. 406; Zimmer, p. 334.  Also present at AMNH, Harvard, Trinity, Yale.


The Collection of Marcel Jeanson.  Part III.  French ornithological watercolors of the 17th-19th Centuries.  27 x 21 cm.  Pp.  [1-9]10-119[120](13, auction house information [includes inner section of bottom wrapper]). London, Sotheby’s, 1996. List of prices realized laid in.

This is the catalogue for auction LN6738 held in London on December 13, 1996.  It offered 182 lots, most of which were original paintings by Robert, Barraband and Traviès, those of the latter two specifically prepared for publication in important 19th century printed works.  There is a colored illustration depicting each lot.

It is interesting to compare the prices realized in this relatively unpublicized auction with those achieved in the much advertised sale of comparable material held in Monaco eight years earlier.  There were plenty of bargains in the present sale.

Jenkins, J. Mark

The native forest birds / of Guam  25.4 x 17.2 cm.   [i]ii-ix(1)1-61(1).  Original printed blue wrappers with title page repeated on recto of upper wrapper, list of ornithological monographs on both sides of lower wrapper. Ornithological Monographs No. 31, American Ornithologists' Union, 1983.

  i, blank; ii, color half-tone frontispiece with two photographic images of forest bird; iii, half-title; iv, copyright; printer designation: Allen Press, Inc., Lawrence, Kansas; ISBN 0-943610-38-9; v, title; vi, blank; vii, contents; viii, list of figures, plates, tables; 1, introduction, study area; 3, methods; 6, species accounts of 11 native birds; 50, other native species; 51, migrant and non-native species; 51, discussion; 54, acknowledgments; 55, summary and literature cited; 57, birds of Guam (82 species), status and abundance; 60, indices of species abundance.  Contains colored frontispiece, photographic plates I-VI, printed in color half-tone on both sides of two leaves and included in pagination and text figures 1-24 including maps, graphs and uncolored photographs.

This important paper provided quantitative evidence that the nine native forest-nesting bird species of Guam were in danger of extinction.  The author advances several possible contributing causes including the recently introduced Philippine rat snake which later emerged as the culprit.  I'm not certain of the present status of the birds but I do know that the snake became an abundant major nuisance.

This work is listed by Cornell, Harvard, Trinity and Yale.  Not listed by AMNH.

Jerdon, T. C. (1811-1872)

Illustrations of Indian Ornithology, Containing Fifty Figures of New, Unfigured and Interesting Species of Birds, Chiefly from the South of India  30 x 22 cm.  This book is unpaginated and has irregular signatures.  There are 72 printed leaves and I believe it is complete as follows:  Four preliminary leaves (title, introductory notice [dated Nov 3d, 1843], introduction and contents).  A-K2(including both I and J for a total of 22 ll),2A, 2H, 2C2, M, 2D, 2K, N-O2, L, 2E2, 2I, 2G, 2F2, 2B, 3A, 20 undesignated leaves, 3C2, D, D*, two undesignated leaves.  All these non-preliminary leaves contain text for the 50 species save the last leaf which is a “classified index of contents”.  Late 20th century half-red morocco with buckram sides, raised ridges, six compartments and gilt-lettering on spine, marbled endpapers.  Madras, printed by P. R. Hunt, American Mission Press, (1843-)1847.  Contains 50 hand-colored lithographic plates (I-L) as described below.

According to Zimmer, this work was issued in four parts and appeared in an octavo as well as the present quarto format.  The Bradley Martin copy was considered octavo and was much smaller than this example.

We can deduce from what Jerdon relates in the introductory notice that plates I-VI and XII can exist in several states, namely with ground and branches painted, with them lithographed and colored, or entirely without them.  In this copy, plates II-IV, VI and XII have the ground and branches painted without lithography (“touched up” in Zimmer’s terminology), whereas they appear lithographed and colored for plates I and V.  More striking than any of these examples, however, is plate X which may be a watercolor and which certainly has no lithography in its  attractive background.

The unusual and attractive plates in this work were drawn by Indian artists and then lithographed and printed by different groups as follows:

Lithographed and printed by C. V. Kistnarajoo; pl. I-XVI, XVIII-XXI, XXIII-XXV, XL.

R. E. B. lith.  Prel. lith. Linn. imp. pl. XVII, XXII, XLIX, L.

Leonard, lith.  (Printed by) Reeve Brothers; pl. XXVI, XXIX, XXXI-XXXII, XXXV, XXXVII.

R. E. B. lith.  Printed by Reeve Brothers; pl. XXVII, XXX, XXXIII, XXXVI, XXXVIII.

Leonard, lith.  Reeve imp. London; pl. XXVIII

R. E. B. lith.  Reeve imp. London; pl. XXXIV

Leonard, lith.  Printed by Reeve Brothers, London; XXXIX

Miller, lith.  Reeve (London) imp. pl. XLI-XLVIII

By far the most interesting of these are those of Kistnarajoo which have very scant lithography and almost give the impression of original paintings.  In fact, as noted above, some of the plates signed by this lithographer exhibit considerable areas of watercolor without lithography.  These plates were clearly lithographed and printed in India whereas others, involving the Reeve firm, may have been lithographed in London and were certainly printed there. 

In the text for this important and scarce work, Jerdon, the great field pioneer of Indian ornithology, makes frequent reference to an antecedent work of his a, “Catalogue of Birds of Southern India”, Madras Journal of Literature and Science, 1839, wherein he apparently described some of these species for the first time.  It is clear that he named some apparently new species but whether any of these designations remained valid and are credited to this particular work is not obvious.  I’ve not seen it cited in that regard.  He gives extensive descriptions and notes on distribution.

Trinity, p. 130; Wood, p. 407; Yale, p. 149; Zimmer, p. 335.  The number of leaves is different in each reference.





Jerdon, T.(homas)C.(averhill)(1811-1872)


 The / birds of India / being / a natural history / of all / the birds known to inhabit continental India: / with / descriptions of the species, genera, families, tribes, and orders, and a / brief notice of such families as are not found in India / making it a / manual of ornithology / specially adapted for India   Two volumes in three.  21.5 x 13.9 cm.  Quarter dark green calf with machine-marbled boards.  Gilt red morocco lettering piece on spine.  Red-speckled edges.  Matching machine-marbled endpapers.  Calcutta, for the author by the Military Orphan Press volume I,1862, and the first part of volume II, 1863 and “volume III” (sic. The second part of volume II), George Wyman and Co., 1864.


 Vol. I.  π9[a]4b-e4f4(-f4)A-3X4X12 X2-X19[$1 signed].  331 Ll.  Pp.  (18)i-xlv(1)[1]2-535(1)[12]22-242  [13]23-382.  π1r, half-title; π1v, blank; π2r, title; π2v, blank; π3r, dedication; π3v, blank; π4r, prospectus; π4v, blank; π5r-π6r, preface; π6v, blank; π7r-π8r, contents of vol. I;π8v, blank; π9r, errata and corrigenda in Vol. I; π9v, blank; i-xlv, introduction; xlvi, blank; 1, systematic text, order Raptores-Oreocincla nilgiriensis; 535, printer designation: Military Orphan Press;12-242, index of English names; 13-382, index of native names; 382, index printer designation, Calcutta Advertiser Press.


 Vol. II., Part I.  π4A-3I4 X12X219[$1 signed].  255 Ll.  Pp. (8)[1]2-439(440) [12]22-242  [13]23-382.   Π1r, half-title; π1v, blank; π2r, title; π2v, blank; π3r, preface; π3v, blank; π4r, contents of vol. II, part I; π4v, blank; 1-439, systematic text, Timalinae-Certhilauda desertorum  439, printer designation: Military Orphan Press; 12-242, index of English names; 13-382, index of native names; 382, index printer designation, Calcutta Advertiser Press.


 Vol. III. (sic)  π83K-5Q45R25S4[a]4b-d4 X12X219[$1 Signed].  283 Ll.  Pp.  (8)[i]ii-iv(4)[441]442-876[i2]22-322[13]23-243[14]24-382; π1r, title (apparently lacking half-title); π1v, blank; π2r, native languages, abbreviations; π2v, blank; π3r-π4r,  preface to the second part of second volume; π4v, blank; π5r-π6v, list of authors quoted; π7r-π8r, list of contents of vol. II, part II; π8v, blank; 441, systematic text, Gemitores-Spheniscidae; 869, appendix (corrections, additions, erasions); 876, printer designation: Military Orphan Press; [i]ii-xxxii, index (Latin generic) 12-242, index of English names; 13-382, index of native names; 382, index printer designation, Calcutta Advertiser Press.


 The indices to English and to native names for the entire work are present in each of the volumes and therefore must have been added after completion of the last volume.  They are printed by a different company on slightly smaller paper (20.5 x 12.9 cm) than the main body of the work and are apparently unique to this copy.  I have included them in the descriptive bibliography as though they were an intrinsic part of the work.


 Another unusual feature of this copy is the presence of six blank leaves (dimensions similar to the main portion of the work) at the beginning and end of each volume.  I have not included them in the formal description.


 This work covers more than 1,000 species and is probably the single most important 19th century Raj text on the birds of India, providing synonymy, a careful description including soft parts,  and extensive notes on status and distribution.  It complements Jerdon’s earlier “Illustrations of Indian ornithology…”


 Wood, p. 407; Zimmer, p. 336.  OCLC locates about 50 copies.




Jerrard, Paul (Publisher, fl. 1850)

The Book / of / Exotic Birds / A series of Richly Colored Plates / Accompanied by Descriptions  Stilted with covers 28.0 x 20.0 cm, pages 26.8 x 18.0 cm.  Original publisher's black calf- covered beveled wooden boards with elaborate gilt and colored panel design on upper cover enclosing title "EXOTIC/ BIRDS" in mother-of-pearl.  Decorated end papers.  AEG.  London, Paul Jerrard, (1852)

14 unpaginated card leaves as follows: presentation leaf with design similar to title leaf but lacking title, verso blank; title leaf illuminated with decorative panel containing hand-colored designs of birds, gilt calligraphic title, verso blank; contents leaf with first colored plate on verso; eight successive leaves with descriptive text for facing colored plate on recto, colored plate on verso; leaf with descriptive text for last plate on recto, verso blank; blank leaf; leaf with advertisement for "The Floral Offering" on recto, verso blank; leaf with advertisement for "Gems for the Drawing Room", verso blank.  All text in gilt.  All pages save advertisements with decorated gilt paneling surrounding text and plates.  .  Contains hand-colored illuminated title page and nine mounted (20.2 x 13.3 cm) chromolithographic plates.  Manuscript ink presentation dated Dec. 8th, 1853 on presentation page.

This is one of Paul Jerrard's early gift books.  It has an extraordinary binding as described above and may be a special de luxe copy.  The example in the Yale library is described as having a different binding, namely cloth with a paper chromolithograph covering the entire upper cover.  The Yale copy, as well as those at Oxford and in the Library of Congress, are dated "(1852)".  If this date is correct, then the work is amongst the first British bird books to contain plates done by chromolithography, slightly later than Winged thoughts (1851) designed by Owen Jones and preceding Poets of the Woods, illustrated by Joseph Wolf and published in 1853.  Books by Paul Jerrard are rare but those that I have personally examined, Gems for the Drawing Room ,and The Humming Bird Offering, contain illustrations that are colored by hand and not mounted.  Moreover, other gift books by Paul Jerrard which I have seen advertised in my copy of The Humming Bird Offering contain poetry whereas this one has a text that describes the distribution and habits of the depicted birds albeit in very general and unscientific terms.

Like all of Paul Jerrard's gift books, this one is rare and this is the first copy which I have seen in commerce.  It is absent from all the usual libraries and major collections save the Library of Congress, Oxford and Yale.


Jerrard, Paul (fl. 1850)

The / Humming Bird / Offering  26.9 x 18.3 cm.  14 Unnumbered leaves.  Original publisher's red cloth with elaborately gilt upper cover including central hummingbird, floral paneling motif.  Floral design repeated in blank on lower cover.  AEG.  London, Paul Jerrard & Son, no date (1862 or before). 

Initial blank leaf with autograph gift inscription dated xmas, 1862 on recto.  Illuminated, lithographed title page with blank verso.  Contents leaf with plate 1 on verso.  Plates 2-10 on versos of successive nine leaves with poem accompanying antecedent plate on recto.  Last text leaf with blank verso.  Final book leaf with advertisements for "Paul Jerrard's cream & gold special presents, / appropriate / for marriage, birthday and festive occasions, / and all seasons".  Blank verso.  All printing in gilt.  Elaborate decorative gilded border for poems and a different elaborate gilt border for plates.  Unique gilt border for title.  Title picture and plates 1-10 all lithographs colored by hand.

Paul Jerrard was known for his "Present" or "Gift" books which were distinguished by their elaborately decorative appearance.  They usually depicted beautifully colored flowers or birds.  All are quite rare and this is the only example of the present work that I have yet encountered.  It is not listed by the AMNH, BMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Kansas, The Library of Congress, LSU, the NYPL, Oxford, Trinity, Yale, Wood, nor Zimmer.  The leaf of advertisements lists other works of Jerrard with their costs and represents a sort of bibliography.  One work that I have seen is called Gems for the Drawing Room (1852).  It is in a larger format (37 cm) than the present volume and is composed of four separate works, now rarely surviving together (three in the copy I saw at Christie's London),  including one entitled The Humming Bird Keepsake which contains poetry by F. W. N. Bayley.   Bayley was responsible for the poetry in some other works of Jerrard and perhaps in the present work as well, although this is not explicitly stated.  Yale has a copy of The Humming Bird Keepsake (QL696 A558 +J37).  The same colored lithographs are present in that work as in this one, however, the ornamental frames are different and the Keepsake is printed on larger paper.

Jewett, Stanley G(ordon) (1885-1955), Taylor, Walter P., Shaw (d.1948), William, T., Aldrich, John W.

Birds of / Washington / State  24.1 x 17.2 cm.  Pp. [i-iv]v-xxxii1-767[768].  Publisher's off-white cloth with brown lettering area on spine.  Pictorial dust jacket.  Published in co-operation with the U. S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, D. C.  Seattle, University of Washington Press, 1953.

i, Half-title; ii-iii, title with photographic illustration; corrective slip "G" in Stanley G. Jewett; iv, copyright 1953; printing by The Craftsman Press, Inc., Seattle; bound by Brock and Rankin, Inc., Chicago; v, foreword by Garrett Eddy; vii acknowledgments; ix, contents; xi, list of illustrations; xv, systematic classification of Washington's birds; 1, introduction including historical aspects; 48, species accounts, Gavia immer-Plectrophenax nivalis, comprising about 450 species and many more subspecies; 670, hypothetical list; 679, geographical localities; 708, bibliography (more than 1200 entries); 751, index of common, generic and specific names; 768, note about authors.  Contains: 12 colored plates (one by E. R. Kalmbach, 11 by Roger Tory Peterson from previous publications) printed in half-tone on one side only and not included in pagination; paginated, uncolored, photographic plates 1-99 from numerous sources printed on 53 pages with consecutive text on obverse; text line figures 1-51 comprising breeding distribution maps; fine folded stencil-and stamp-colored life zone map drawn August 1953 by Bess O'M. MacMaugh in pocket on lower paste-down.

This book contains much more material than most state bird books, perhaps because the authors felt challenged by its predecessor, William L. Dawson's beautiful and elaborate The birds of Washington (1909).  One expects and finds careful coverage of status and state distribution with dates of migration and breeding for each species.  However, the additional information about life history including details of voice, habits, food, appearance of nests and eggs and behavior is unexpected as is the  description with measurements.  There is also unusually extensive treatment of local variations with subspecies receiving almost the same complete text as full species.

Listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity, Yale.


Johns, C(harles) A(lexander)

British Birds / in their haunts  19.5 x12.7 cm.  [a]8b8B-RR8SS4[$1, 2 signed]; 332 ll.  Pp.  [i-v]vi-xxxii[1]2-626[627-628, printer's designation, blank](4, publisher's advertisements).  Original blue cloth with gilt eagle and design on upper cover, gilt title and ornithological designs on spine.  Blue endpapers.  London, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1862. 

i, Half-title; ii, printer's designation (Richard Clay); iii, title; iv, poem from Chaucer; v, preface; ix, arrangement of genera; xxx, list of illustrations; 1, text; 605, index.  Contains 190 unnumbered text woodcuts by (Edward?) Whymper after original drawings by Joseph Wolf.  Ex Sondley Reference Library with their bookplate.

This enduring work went through numerous editions and remained in print for at least 60 years.  Later editions had colored plates by William Foster.  The work is a poor man's Yarrell and, in its own way, a masterpiece.  The text covers 361 species, more than half of which are illustrated.  A careful description of the bird and, if it breeds in England, of its eggs, is given for each species together with Latin and English names and an anecdotal and well written life history.  Like all natural history publications of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, the work was extremely cheap, yet authoritatively and artistically done.  As would be expected from the names of Whymper and Wolf, the illustrations are outstanding.  This is one of very few works which contain pictures of Passerine species by Wolf who concentrated on the larger birds, particularly birds of prey, as soon as he was in a position to call his own shots.  This original printing is uncommon.

Wood, p. 409; Zimmer, p. 338.  Listed by AMNH, Harvard, Trinity.  Cornell and Yale list only later editions.




Johns, C. (harles) A.(lexander) (1811-1874)


British birds and their haunts  18.5 x 12.0 cm. [a]8b8B-RR8SS2[$1, 2 signed]; 330 ll.  Pp.  [i-v]vi-xxxii[1]2-626[627-628, printer's designation, Richard Clay, blank);  Unusual and striking full brown leather binding with multiple darker leather incised frames and central rectangle containing decorative incised pattern.  Spine with five raised bands gilt lettering in second compartment, incised lozenge design others.  Machine-marbled endpapers.  AEG.  London, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1862, original printing.  Inscribed on leaf following upper flyleaf and preceding half-title “The author / to / his beloved wife / Xtmas (?) day / 1862”


 i, Half-title; ii, printer's designation (Richard Clay); iii, title; iv, poem from Chaucer; v, preface; ix, arrangement of genera; xxx, list of illustrations; 1, systematic text, Vultur fulvus-Thalissidroma pelagica; 605, index.  Contains 190 unnumbered text woodcuts by (Edward?) Whymper after original drawings by Joseph Wolf.


 This is my second copy, special because of the authorial inscription and the fine binding, of this classic work published by the Society  for Promoting Christian Knowledge.  The woodcuts by Whymper after Wolf are superb and the authoritative text is both systematic and anecdotal.


 Wood, p. 409; Zimmer, p. 338.  Listed by AMNH, Harvard, Trinity.  Cornell and Yale list only later editions.




Johnsgard, Paul A.(ustin)(1931-)  (Colour plates of paintings by Major Henry Jones)

The pheasants of / the world  27.5 x 21.3 cm.  Pp.  [i-x]xi-xii[xiii-xvii](1)[1-3]4-300.  Original publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine.  Blue endpapers of laid paper in folio configuration with central watermark of crown and "Glastonbury".  Green pictorial dust jacket.  Oxford, New York, Tokyo, Oxford University Press, 1986.

i, Half-title; ii, uncolored line-drawn frontispiece; iii, title; iv, copyrights of author and artists; ISBN 0-19-857185-2; set by Promenade Graphics; printed in Great Britain by R. J. Acford, Chichester, Sussex; v, dedication to Jean Delacour; vi, publisher's note; vii, foreword by Lord Zuckerman; viii, blank; ix, preface and acknowledgements; xi, contents; xiii, list of colour plates; xiv, list of (text) figures; xv, list of distribution maps; xvi, blank; xvii, introduction; 1, I, comparative biology; 59, II, species accounts, Ithaginis cruentus-Afropavo congensis comprising 49 species; 281, appendix 1, derivations of scientific and vernacular names; 283, appendix 2, distributional check-list of francolins, partridges and old world quails; 287, bibliography (about 320 entries); 297, alphabetic index of vernacular, generic and specific names.  Contains colored plates 1-53 printed in half-tone on 16 leaves, eight after page 102, eight after page 198, not included in pagination,  comprising 51 plates after Henry Jones and two after Timothy Greenwood; uncolored line-drawn text figures 1-45; uncolored distributional maps 1-24 with additional line drawings.

Johnsgard, a professor at the University of Nebraska, is perhaps the most prolific ornithological author of the last quarter of the 20th century.  His comprehensive books are presented as though they were carefully plotted lectures.  For each species in this volume, separate sections are devoted to the name in various languages; distribution; measurements; description; identification; geographic variation; ecology; general biology; social behavior; reproductive biology; evolutionary relationships;  and status and conservation.

A major and important feature of this book is the use of 51 painting by Major Henry Jones from the collection of the London Zoological Society.  Jones worked many years at the British Museum and then, paradoxically, bequeathed a fine series of more than 1200 paintings to the Zoological Society.  David Bannerman was the first to make use of some of these in his works on west African birds and those of Cyprus.  Subsequently, some of the paintings were reproduced in special, limited edition volumes in 1976 and 1987.  The present volume was the first of three by Johnsgard that contained pictures from the collection, the others dealing with quails, partridges and francolins(1988) and bustards, hemipodes and sandgrouse (1991).

A second edition of this work lacking the plates by Major Jones was published in 1999.

This edition listed by AMNH, Cornell, Trinity, Yale.   Harvard lists only 1999 edition.



Johnsgard, Paul A. (colour plates of paintings by Major Henry Jones [1838-1921] owned by the London Zoological Society)

Bustards, hemipodes, / and sandgrouse / birds of dry places  27.4 x 21.8 cm.  Pp.  [i-v]vi-viii[ix-xii][1-3]4-276.  Original publisher's blue-black cloth with gilt lettering to spine.  Blue endpapers of laid paper watermarked "GlaHonburg" with crown.  Pictorial dust jacket.  Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1991.

i, Half-title; ii, blank; iii, title; iv, copyright 1991; phototypeset by Wyvern Typesetting Ltd, Bristol; printed by Butler and Tanner Ltd, Frome, Somerset; ISBN 0-19-857698-6; v, preface and acknowledgements; vii, contents; ix, list of colour plates; x, list of text figures; xi, list of text distribution maps; xii, dedication to Peter Scott; 1, Comparative biology; 3, taxonomic history and phyletic relationships; 15, zoogeography and evolutionary trends; 30, behavior; 45, breeding biology; 56, exploitation and conservation; 65, II, species accounts; 67, hemipodes (13 species); 105, bustards (22); 209, sandgrouse (16); 263, bibliography (about 400 entries); 274, index of English, generic and specific names.  Contains: colored plates 1-51 (50 by Jones, one by Marc Marcuson) printed in half-tone on both sides of 16 leaves distributed in two groups of eight and not included in pagination; line text figures 1-53; five unnumbered but substantial line head-pieces;  line distribution maps 1-39;

These three families are taxonomically disparate but related by their habitat preference.  They have been relatively neglected and Johnsgard tells us that until this work there had been no specific bibliography for either hemipodes or sandgrouse.  This is a comprehensive monograph written in staccato fashion as though it were a lecture, with systematic discrete headings for every species, not infrequently followed by "no information".  These headings include: measurements; weight; description (of all stages); identification; general biology and ecology; social behavior; reproductive biology; evolutionary relationships; status and conservation outlook.

The author has done well to resurrect the fine paintings of Henry Jones.  Of the 50 presented here, 13 are full-page, and despite poorly reproduced color, are most impressive.  Also noteworthy are five artful head-pieces which may be by Johnsgard himself.

Listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity, Yale.


Johnsgard, Paul A. (1931-)

The Quails / Partridges, and / Francolins / of the World  27.5 x 21.9 cm.  Pp.  [i-iv]v-xix[xx][1-2]3-264; 142 ll.  Publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine. Sky blue endpapers on laid paper watermarked "GlaHonburg" with crown.  Pictorial dust jacket.  New York, Oxford University Press, 1988. 

Printed by the Alden Press, Oxford.  i, Half-title; iii, title; iv, publication information; v, preface and acknowledgements; vii, contents; xi, colour plates; xiii, figures; xiv, distribution maps; xvii, introduction; 1 comparative biology including 3, taxonomy, phylogeny, and zoogeography; 10, reproductive biology; 16, ecology and population dynamics; 25, ontogenetic growth and development; 31, vocalizations and non vocal behavior; 41, species accounts; 251, bibliography; 261, index.  Contains colored plates 1-127 including 122 by Major Henry Jones, three by Mark Marcuson and two by Timothy Greenwood printed on both sides of 32 leaves (i. e. one full-page, the remainder two per page), not included in pagination.  Also contains text figures 1-23 as well as two unnumbered full-page line drawings (pages 1 and 39) and distribution maps 1-42 all after Johnsgard.

Johnsgard is a Professor at the University of Nebraska and certainly amongst the most prolific of contemporary ornithological authors.  The line drawings in the present work demonstrate that he is also an excellent ornithological draughtsman.  Most of his works cover various taxonomic groups in monographic style as does this one in which he covers 32 genera containing 131 species.  There is an extensive general section on various aspects of the biology of these groups and then each genus and species is carefully considered.  For each species is provided the original donor of the currently accepted Latin name, distribution, measurements, points of identification in the field and hand, general biology and ecology, social behavior, reproductive biology, evolutionary relationships, status and conservation.  Almost all the of the very good illustrations are from the cache of paintings by Major Henry Jones at the London Zoological Society.

Present in the on-line catalogs of the American Museum of Natural History, Cornell, Trinity and Yale.  Missing from that of Harvard.

Johnson, Henry J. (publisher) (edited by Hugh Craig

Johnson's / household book / of nature / containing full and interesting / descriptions of the  / animal kingdom / based upon the writings of the / eminent naturalists / Audubon, Wallace, Brehm, Wood and others  24.6 x 19.0 cm.  Pp.  (2)[i]ii-xvi(4)[1]2-776.  Signatures 7-954 [$1 signed] for pp. 49-760 only.  Half-brown morocco with maroon pebbled cloth sides.  Marbled endpapers.  New York, Henry J. Johnson, (1880). 

Initial unpaginated leaf: recto, chromolithographed title page; verso, copyright 1880; electrotyped by Smith and McDougal; printed by D. G. F. Class; i, contents; xv, list of illustrations; unpaginated leaf: recto, dedication; verso, blank; unpaginated leaf: recto-verso, preface; 1, mammalia; 121, cheiroptera; 147, insectivora; 173, carnivora; 349, cetacea; 397, sirenia; 407, ungulata; 657, proboscidea; 681, hyracoidea; 687, rodentia; 737, edentia; 749, marsupialia; 763, monotremata; 767, index of English names; 772, index of scientific names.  Contains chromolithographed title page and plates I-LXIV, about 85 line tail pieces (including many repeats), 13 decoratively printed section headings and one elaborately printed initial.

This is one of very few in my collection that is entirely unrelated to birds.  I bought it for the interesting chromolithographs concerning which "the designs are original and have been prepared at unusual expense" (from preface).  One of these, the sloth bear on page 326, is represented uncolored on page 196 of Peter Dance's Art of natural history (1978) and attributed to Gustav Mützel in Richard Lydekker's Royal Natural History (1894).  Mützel was a competent artist but did sometimes plagiarize the work of others.  In this instance, the identity of the original artist is unclear.

The work is a reasonably informative description of the mammalian world, embellished occasionally with dramatic absurdities such as anecdotes about apes attacking women.  It was originally published in 32 parts, each containing two colored plates.

Listed by AMNH, Harvard.  Not listed by Cornell, Trinity, Yale.

Johnston, Alexander Keith (1804-1871)

The Physical Atlas of Natural Phenomena  Zoological Geography …Aves.  Single Atlas leaf, Plate 29, 66.9 x 55.4 cm and single leaf of text, pp. [95]96, 55.4 x 36.0 cm. Disbound.  Edinburgh, William Blackwood & Sons, (1856)

This interesting work was first published in 1848 with an almost identical second edition issued in 1850.  The present item is the ornithological section of the revised and enlarged (third) edition of 1856.  The presentation starts with the enumeration of Cuvier’s six orders of birds, namely Rapaces (raptors), Scansores (climbers), Oscines (songbirds), Gallinaceae (game birds), Grallitores (wading birds) and Natatores (swimming birds).  These are examined in the context of various geoclimactic categories (Northern frigid, temperate and warm, Tropical, and Southern warm, temperate and frigid) and the distribution of species amongst these categories compared amongst the various land masses (Europe, Asia, America).  A similar examination of the distribution of species is carried out for different altitudinal categories in the Alps and an unnamed, presumably Andean mountain.  There is a strong Eurocentric bias shown by the conclusion that Northern temperate Europe is the single biogeographical area which is richest in birds. 

The atlas provides a graphic presentation of the distribution of birds in Europe, on the one hand, and the world, on the other.  In addition to the maps of Europe and of the world in the center of the image, there are six panels at the left margin that depict new world representatives of the six orders of birds and an additional six panels at the right margin that show European representatives.  A large number of species are shown and identified, not only in these panels, but also on graphic Alpine and Andean mountains that are included as part of the two principal images.

The maps and figures are uncolored engravings.  According to the catalogue of the British Museum of Natural History (p. 937), they were also issued colored.

BM(NH), p. 937.



Jones, Henry (1838-1921)(Campbell, Bruce, compiler)

The bird paintings / of Henry Jones  46.0 x 38.1 cm.  Unpaginated. 57 ll.  Publisher’s original  green half-leather including not only the back strip but also the entire front strip with buckgram green sides separated from the leather by gilt rules, one a decorative roll. Gilt title to spine. Presented in brown cloth covered slipcase with gilt decoration on upper surface.  TEG.  Endpapers with decorative floral motif. London, Folio fine editions with the Zoological Society of London, (1976)

First and second leaves blank.
Third leaf: recto, half-title; verso, blank 
Fourth leaf: recto, title; verso, copyright 1976; copy number 365/500; designed and produced by Kevin Cohen; text set in monophoto Bodoni by Film Type Services, Scarborough; printed by Percy Lund Humphries at the Country Press, Bradford on Hollingsworth; rag cartridge from The Original Turkey Mill, Kent; bound by Hunter & Foulis, Edinburgh; printed in Great Britain
Fifth leaf; recto, foreword by the Duke of Edinburgh; verso, preface by Professor Lord Zuckerman
Sixth leaf: recto, preface, concluded; verso, introduction by Bruce Campbell
Seventh leaf: recto and verso, introduction, concluded
Eighth leaf: recto, list of plates 1-24; verso, blank
Ninth-56th leaves: recto, number (1-24) with common and scientific name; verso, brief text including description, distribution, life facing opposite a colored plate of the species with a blank verso.  Of the 24 color half-tone plates, 21 depict single species, the others two.

Jones was a retired army officer who had served in India.  He was a gifted artist who worked in the bird room of the British Museum and produced around 1,200 fine watercolors of birds, none of which were published during his lifetime.  He surprised every one by leaving his paintings to the Zoological Society instead of the Museum.  None of the paintings were published during his lifetime. David Bannerman, who had briefly overlapped with Jones in the Museum, published some of Jones’s artwork in several of his publications. Lysaght reproduced two in her Book of birds….(1975).  After publication of the present beautiful book, Johnsgard reproduced plates by Jones for three of his books and Peter Olney authored a fine collection of 60 colored plates (The wildfowl paintings of Henry Jones, 1987).

Jones’s birds and style resemble those of Wolf and Keulemans but his backgrounds have been influenced by Thorburn.  The half-tone color printing here is as good as I have ever seen.

OCLC contains  16 listings but the work is absent from AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity and Yale.


Jones, Henry (1838-1921) (text by Peter J. S. Olney)

The Wildfowl Paintings / of Henry Jones  Oblong 33.9 x 44.0 cm.  Pp.  [1-6]7-270; 135 ll.  Blue half oasis morocco with gilt borders, blue buckram sides.  Spine with five raised band, two morocco lettering pieces in second (title) and sixth (publisher) compartments.  London, Threshold / Harrap, 1987. 

1, Half-title, limitation statement #52/350, signature of Olney; 2, mounted frontispiece of partially colored sketches; 3, title; 4, publication and production data; 5, contents; 6, blank; 7, foreword by Peter Scott; 9, introduction by Olney; 11, biography of Jones by Nigel Sitwell; 14, plate section; 15, list of plates; 17, text for 60 plates with two leaves devoted to each comprising title page, text page, mounted painting and blank verso; 257, appendix listing all (232) wildfowl paintings by Jones owned by the London Zoological Society; 266, bibliography; 269, index.  Contains 61 mounted colored plates (26.5 x 36.5 cm) comprising frontispiece and paintings  1-60 as designated in list of plates and text for each.  Presented in blue cloth solander box with printed label on upper cover.

Henry Jones was a contemporary of Keulemans, Smit, Thorburn and Lodge and was their equal as an ornithological artist yet he is virtually unknown.  He had a military career with considerable service in India from which he retired at the age of 43.  He devoted the rest of his life to painting birds in the well known bird room of the British Museum yet chose to leave his output of more than 1200 water colors to the Zoological Society rather than the Museum.  He was independently wealthy and apparently never made an effort to promote or publish any of his work but it must have been known since he received a laudatory obituary in The Ibis.  The only contemporary work that contained any of his art was Beebe's Pheasants.  Subsequently, it has appeared in a commemorative publication (1976) of the Zoological Society and in various books by Bannerman and Johnsgard. 

The present limited edition is of high quality and does justice to these fine late Victorian paintings.  Much of the book was produced in Italy including the excellent color separation (Chromolito, Milan) and printing (Eurografica , Vicenza).  The text by Olney is a scholarly perambulation that is usually concerned with the derivation of the original nomenclature, the discovery of the species, and something of its life history.  Olney was Curator of Birds at the Zoological Society and had previously been Head of Research at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.


Jones, Howard (text) (1853-1945) and Jones, Mrs. N(elson) E. (1827-1906)

Illustrations / of the / Nests and Eggs / of / Birds of Ohio with Text  Two volumes.  42.8 x 38.0.  No signatures.  Original quarter green morocco with plain green cloth sides.  Flat spine divided into five compartments by gilt rules with gilt lettered title and author in second compartment, volume number in third and year in last. Small gilt flake design in first fourth and fifth compartments.  Endpapers gray brown.  TEG.  Circleville, Ohio, privately published, (1879-)1886.  Laid into the first volume of this copy is a typescript of an article by Joy  Kiser concerning the history of the book, Biblio 3 (9), September, 1998: 18-23. 

The complete work contains 68 lithographed plates of which two are colored in this copy.

[Vol. I, so designated only on spine]. Pp.  [i-v]v-xxxviii, xxxviiia-xxxviiid, 41 (sic.  should be 43)-126; 64 ll.  i, Half-title; ii, blank; iii, title; iv, copyright by Genevieve Estelle Jones and Eliza J. Schulze; text printed by Robert Clarke & Co., Cincinnati; plates printed by Krebs Lithographing Co., Cincinnati; v, dedication to Genevieve Estelle Jones; vi, blank; vii, preface describing history of book; ix, introductory with complete (292 species) and seasonal lists of Ohio birds; xxxiv-xxxviiid, keys to eggs; 41-126, text for plates I-XXXVII.  Contains lithographed plates I- XXXVII of which plate IV is colored frontispiece.

Vol. II. (so designated on title page as well as spine)  Pp. Two preliminary leaves, 127-329(1); 104 ll.  First preliminary leaf: half-title; verso blank; second preliminary leaf: title; verso, copyright only; 127-314, text for plates XXXVIII-LXVIII; 315, etymological key; 321, names of subscribers, 35 for colored copies, four for uncolored; 323, index to illustrations; 325, general index.  Contains plates XXXVIII-LXVIII of which plate LVIII is colored frontispiece.

This extraordinary and unique work was issued in 23 parts between 1879 and 1886. It has long been a favorite of ornithological bibliophiles beginning with Elliott Coues who remarked about it "There has been nothing since Audubon in the way of pictorial illustrations of American ornithology to compare with the present work…." (from Kiser, above).  The work originated as the creation of a young woman, Genevieve Estelle Jones, to draw the nests of birds.  Her brother, Dr. Howard Jones agreed to write the text and supply fresh nests and eggs.  Miss Jones recruited a girlhood friend, Eliza Schulze to do the illustrations with her and the two women learned to draw on stone. The first part, with three plates and text, was issued in 1879.  Miss Jones died of typhoid fever that year after only seven plates, of which she had done five, were completed.  At this time her mother, Mrs. Nelson E. (Virginia) Jones began to assist with the coloring and, in 1880, when Miss Schulz withdrew, became entirely responsible for the illustrations. She was aided by a Miss Nellie Jacob, who drew and colored some of the eggs, and by two other artists who participated in the coloring.  Her husband, Dr. Newton E. Jones, the father of Genevieve and Howard, wrote the section of remarks about the Quail.

The work starts with a general listing of all birds of Ohio and some discussion with emphasis on those that nest in the state. There is an extensive key for identifying eggs of various species. The bulk of the work is a systematic account of the nests and eggs of 68 locally occurring species.  The account includes dates of arrival and nesting, locality, position and material of nests and size, number, color, shape and markings of eggs.  There is also a section of "Remarks" that is concerned with life history.  The writing and scholarship is of a high level.

But the outstanding feature of the work is the exquisite illustrations of nests and eggs which were printed by Krebs Lithographing Co. of Cincinnati from the artists' drawings on stone.  They have a palpable texture and a remarkable three-dimensional quality. The fine paper is watermarked James Whatman Turkey Mill.  Plate XII is watermarked 1882.  A table at the end of the work tells us that this plate was first issued in 1880 so we can surmise that this is not an original subscriber's copy.

There were 39 original subscribers accounting for 35 colored and four uncolored copies.  Subsequently, 51 additional copies are said to have been issued, mostly uncolored or partially colored.

Wood, p. 414; Zimmer, p. 339.  Also listed at AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity, Yale.  All seven of these copies are listed as colored so they presumably comprise 20% of the total such copies.  I've seen at least four others


Jones, Howard (1853-1945)

 Conclusions from a study / of ornithology  22.2 x 16.5 cm.  Pp. [1-2]3-22[23-24]  Stilted (24.1 x 17.6 cm) printed brown wrappers.  Circleville, Ohio, [by the author],1915.  Manuscript dedication “with compliments / to W. Leon Dawson / Howard Jones” on upper cover and, in Jones’s handwriting “Read before the Columbus / Audubon Society-1914” on title page.

 1, Title page with small vignette of fantasy creature; 2, blank; 3, essay; 23, blank; 24, printer designation, “Press of / Union-Herald /  Circlesville, Ohio”

 This is a philosophical essay that relates the life of birds to those of all living creatures as they embody the laws of nature.  Jones was the author of “Illustrations of the nests and eggs of birds of Ohio with text”(1879-1886).

 This is a special association copy containing the author’s inscription to Dawson who wrote important early 20th century works on the avifauna of  Ohio, Washington and California.




Jonsson, Lars (1952-)

Birds and Light  Oblong, 27.9 x 30.2 cm.  Pp.  [1-6]7-232; 116 ll.  Original publisher's blue boards, gilt lettering on spine.  Blue end papers.  Pictorial dust jacket.  Princeton and Oxford, Princeton University Press, 2002.  First Printing. 

1, Half-title; 2, blank; 3, title; 4, copyright and production data; 5, contents; 6, blank; 7, foreword by Hans Henrik Brummer; 11, looking at nature by Staffan Söderblom; 49, conversation between Björn Linnell and Lars Jonsson; 141, paintings, 1983-2002; 209, graphic works; 223, biography; 227, exhibitions; 232, postscript.  Contains approximately 90 full-page or larger colored reproductions of artwork, a few printed on one side only, all included in pagination.  Also contains 73 numbered (1-73) "thumbnail" colored reproductions of prints and approximately 70 unnumbered text illustrations mostly colored of artwork, and some colored and uncolored photographs.  There are also several text silhouette vignettes.

Lars Jonsson from Sweden is one of the most highly regarded ornithological artists at the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st.  He produced a superb field guide of European birds and is equally well known for his original paintings which have been exhibited world-wide and received much acclaim.  Inevitably, he has been influenced by, and compared with Bruno Liljefors.  The present work is sumptuous feast of his artwork attractively printed by Graphicom Srl of Vicenza, Italy and well organized.  It includes sketches that he did as a child and allows one to follow his development as an artist.  This is about as good a book as one could imagine for presenting the oeuvre of a contemporary artist.


Jonnson, Lars (1952-)

Ön / bilder från en sandrevel  33.0 x 26.0 cm.  Pp.  (4)7-88[89-98].  Publisher’s original pictorial cloth with both covers depicting Arctic Tern on sand, black printing on covers and on flat spine.  Pictorial endpapers depicting sand.  Stockholm, Atlantis, (1983).  Inscribed and signed by Jonsson on title page.

First preliminary leaf: r, title; v, copyright 1983; ISBN 91—7486-287-1; second preliminary leaf: r, vignette of sandshoal; v, painting of Little Tern; 7, text; 96, biography and uncolored photograph of author; 98, production details including För tryck svarade Aarhuus Stiftsbogtrykkerie i Hojbjerg, Danmark och för bokbinderi Chr. Hendriksen & Son i Skive, Danmark.  Contains approximately 65 unnumbered illustrations, mostly colored, about 35 full- or double- page, others in text.

This book contains sketches of a sandbar and its inhabitants (mostly birds) during a single summer (July and August).  It received an award as the most beautiful book published in Sweden in 1983.   An English version entitled Bird Island pictures from a shoal of sand was published in London by Croon & Helm in 1984.  Jonsson is currently (2005) recognized as amongst the most talented of ornithological artists.  He  seems  particularly to enjoy depicting birds head-on and his figures have an extraordinary life-like quality.

Cornell and Trinity list English version; neither version listed by AMNH, Harvard, Yale.



Jonsson, Lars (1952-)

Fåglar I naturen / Hav och kust  19.9 x 12.1 cm.  Pp. [1-3]4-127[128].  Original pictorial laminated boards.  Stockholm, Wahlström & Widstrand, 1977.  This copy inscribed and signed by Jonsson.

1, Title; 2, copyright 1976; typography by Vidar Forsberg; printed by Gris Impressores, Cacém, Portugal; ISBN, 91-46-12374-1; 3, contents; 4, foreword; 5, introduction; 6, full-page colored plate of purple sandpiper; 7, general considerations; 23, species accounts, Gavia arctica-Plectrophenax nivalis; 122, bibliography(23 references); 124, alphabetical index of Swedish and generic names.

Contains approximately 50 unnumbered full-page paginated plates printed on both sides in color half-tone, most depicting several species, about 35 text illustrations, most also showing several individuals, and blue, black and white distribution maps for all species.

This work, which covers about 100 species, was printed by Penguin in English the following year as Birds of sea and coast.  It is one of five comparable books that Jonsson arranged based on environmental considerations. They were eventually assimilated into his very successful field guide, Birds of Europe with North Africa and the Middle East published first by Croon Helm in 1992.

Jonsson’s great strength as an ornithological artist is his ability to capture the “jizz” of his subjects and his field guides are special in this regard.  Lars Jonsson’s field guides are works of art.

English version listed by Cornell.  Not listed by AMNH, Harvard, Trinity, Yale.



Jonsson, Lars (1952-)

Fåglar I naturen / Skog, park, trädgård 19.9 x 12.1 cm.  Pp. [1-3]4-127[128].  Original pictorial laminated boards.  Stockholm, Wahlström & Widstrand, 1977.  This copy inscribed and signed by Jonsson.

1, Title; 2, copyright 1976; typography by Vidar Forsberg; printed by Gris Impressores, Cacém, Portugal; ISBN, 91-46-12374-1; 3, contents; 4, foreword; 5, introduction; 6, full-page colored plate of Phylloscopus warbler; 7, general considerations; 24, species accounts, Circaetus gallicus-Pytyopsittacus; 122, bibliography(23 references); 124, alphabetical index of Swedish and generic names.

Contains almost 50 unnumbered full-page paginated plates printed on both sides in color half-tone, most depicting several species, almost 30 text illustrations, most also showing several individuals, and blue, black and white distribution maps for all species.

This work, which covers about 100 species, was printed by Penguin in English the following year as Birds of wood, park and garden.  It is one of five comparable books that Jonsson arranged based on environmental considerations. They were eventually assimilated into his very successful field guide, Birds of Europe with North Africa and the Middle East published first by Croon Helm in 1992.

Jonsson’s great strength as an ornithological artist is his ability to capture the “jizz” of his subjects and his field guides are special in this regard.  This skill is most manifest with passerine birds.

English version listed by Cornell.  Not listed by AMNH, Harvard, Trinity, Yale.



Jonsson, Lars (1952-) (edited by Iain Robertson and Mark Beaman; translated by Roger Littleboy)

Birds of the Mediterranean and / alps  19.8 x 12.1  Pp.  [1-3]4-160.  Publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine.  Pictorial dust jacket with price of £5.95 printed on upper flap.  London, Croon Helm, (1982).  Inscribed and signed by Jonsson on title page.

1, title; 2, copyright by  Jonsson 1980; English edition copyright 1982; printed by Gris Impressores, Cocém, Portugal; contents; 4, preface; 5, introduction; 6, full-page colored tableau of black-eared wheatear; 7, Mediterranean environment; 18, species accounts, Hydrobates pelagicus-Emberiza cirlus, (about 150 species); 156, further reading (43 entries); 157, index of common and generic names.  Contains full-page colored tableaux style plate of black-eared whetear; full-page colored plate of color variations of black-eared wheatear; full-page colored plate of bird topography; about 62 full-page identification plates displaying two-five species with multiple figures of each; about 51 colored text illustrations; about 147 partially colored distribution maps.  All unnumbered, printed in half-tone on both sides of leaf and included in pagination.

Jonsson conveys superbly the shape and posture of birds in the wild.  In the late 1970s he began a series of field guides on European birds that showed them in characteristic postures rather than in identical static poses.  The volumes were based on habitat rather than national boundaries.  The first four were translated into English and published in laminated boards by Penguin Books (Birds of sea and coast[1978]; Birds of lake, river, marsh and fields[1978]; Birds of mountain regions[1979]; Birds of wood, park and garden[1979]).  The present volume, the last of the series, was published by Croon Helm rather than by Penguin Books.  Eventually, the five volumes were assimilated into a single, enormously successful field guide, Birds of Europe with North Africa and the Middle East, published by Croon Helm in 1992 and by Princeton University Press in 1993. 

Listed by AMNH, Cornell, Trinity, Yale.  Not listed by Harvard.


Josselyn, John (fl. 1630-1675)

New England’s / Rarities / Discovered in Birds, Beasts, Fishes, / Serpents, and Plants of / that Country /  by John Josselyn, Gent / With an Introduction and Notes / by Edward Tuckerman, M. A.  22.2 x 16. 7 cm.  π4A-U(including I,J)4c2[$1 signed]; 90 ll.  Pp. [i-vii]viii[1]2-169[170](2).  Contemporary maroon cloth.  Boston, William Veazie, 1865. 

  i, blank; iii, half-title; v, title; vi, limitation statement (250 copies); vii, publisher’s advertisement; 1, introduction; 29, facsimile title; 31 facsimile dedication; 33, facsimile text; c2, blank.  Contains 12 text wood cuts of plants, six head pieces and four tail pieces.

The original edition of this work by Josselyn , of which this volume is alleged to contain a facsimile, was published in 1672 and is perhaps the earliest natural history dealing with the United States.  Josselyn had a brother living in Maine and made two trips from his native England to New England during 1638-39 and again during 1663-71.  The 1672 edition is described in the Yale catalogue as containing two preliminary leaves and 114 pages.  It is said to measure 15.5 cm and to contain two plates as well as to be “illustrated”.  Wood describes one plate and “text figures”.  It is not clear to me whether the 12 wood cuts of plants, here reproduced in the facsimile section, are copied from the original.

The section on birds (pp. 39-47 in this volume) is rather rudimentary although the editor, Tuckerman, tells us that much more ornithological information is supplied in another work by Josselyn published in 1674.  Perhaps the most interesting observation described here is the presence of hummingbirds in New England.

The original edition is extremely rare.  There was a second edition in 1675 and then this facsimile which, itself, is quite uncommon as only 250 copies were issued in book form.  Coues (Ornithological Bibliography, first installment, p. 660) cites a work with the same title and “with an Introduction and Notes by Edward Tuckerman, A. M. [etc]” (sic) which appeared in the Trans. and Coll. Amer. Antiquarian Soc.iv, 1860, pp. 105-238.  He says that the ornithological section occupied pp. 142-148.  It is not clear to me whether that publication was an earlier version of this one or identical save for Tuckerman’s designation and the size of the paper.

Wood, p. 412 (1672, 1678, 1865 editions); Yale, p. 152 (1672, 1674 editions).  Absent from Ayer and Trinity collections.

Joubert, P.-Ch(arles)

Manuel / de / l'oiseleur / ou / l'art de prendre, élever, d'instruire / les / oiseaux en cage ou en liberté / de les préserver e guéirir de toutes les maladies / suivi d'un / traité sur l'art d'élever les animaux domestiques et d'agrément / ouvrage illustré de 30 gravures sur bois / terminé / par la meilleure méthode d'empailler et de conserver / aux oiseaux & aux quadrupèdes / leurs attitudes naturelles  (upper wrapper includes, above this title, the phrase chasse aux oiseaux which may represent a series title)  16.7 x 10.7 cm.  [1]82-88[$1 signed]; 64 ll.  Pp.  (2)1-126.  Original printed wrappers, the upper containing printed title and hand-colored woodcut of eurasian goldfince within double-ruled frame, the other containing a list of other books by the publisher.  Paris, Desloges, 1863.  Fourth edition.

First unpaginated leaf: recto, title; verso, blank; 1, introduction by Desloges, the publisher; 2, text; 125, contents; 126, printer designation: Imprimerie de A. Varigault.  Contains 28 mostly unnumbered text woodcut illustrations, several containing more than on figure which may explain why the title page calls for 30.

This is an odd little book about procuring, maintaining and propagating birds and various animals including dogs, cats, fish and turtles that may be kept as pets.  There is also information on how to preserve and mount them.  A peculiarity of the volume that I have never seen elsewhere is that the inner sides of the upper and lower wrappers are inverted upper and lower wrappers respectively , from  another work published by Desloges in 1855.  Presumably this was an economic measure to save paper.

Ronsil lists this book (No. 837) under Desloges as Manuel de l'oiseleur and says it was issued in many editions, the first in 1863, the last in 1907.  However, although the present copy is dated 1863 on the title page, Desloges, the publisher, indicates in the introduction that it is the fourth edition.  Ronsil also lists (1513) under Joubert, a work entitled Chasse aux oiseaux..  Trinity  lists a similarly paginated sixth edition dated 1877 published by Renauld with Desloges as author and "rev. et augm. / par P. Ch. Joubert".  The National Library of France, as accessed by the Karlsruhe virtual library, lists, under the title Chasse aux oiseaux  Manuel de l'oiseleur…, and the author P.-Ch. Joubert, editions dated 1856, 1857, 1861, 1863 and 1865.  They list the same title with Desloges as author and "rev. et augm. Par Ch. Joubert" as  a sixth edition starting in 1867 and cite seemingly identical versions of 1869 and 1883 also designated  sixth editions.  I have seen a 1933 edition for sale. 

The work is unlisted by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard and Yale.

Junk, W(ilhelm) (1866-1942)

Rara / historico-naturalia et mathematica  Two volumes and a supplement paginated consecutively and bound in one.  28.6 x 20.8 cm. Black cloth with gilt lettering on spine.

Volumen I. / (21 partes.)  Berlin, W. Junk, 1910-1913.  Pp.  (4)[1]2-121[122].  First unpaginated leaf: recto, title with vignette; verso, blank; second leaf: recto, foreword dated October 1913; verso, blank; 1, title entries;118, index of authors ; 122, list of Junk's scholarly contributions as editor, author, publisher;

Volumen II. / ( 3 partes.)  Den Haag, W. Junk, 1926-1936.  Pp.  (4)[123]124-242.  First unpaginated leaf: recto, title with vignette; verso, blank; second: recto, foreword dated August 1936; verso, blank; 124, entries; 237, index; 242, list of Junk bibliographical catalogs.

Supplementum  Den Haag, W. Junk, 1939.  Pp.  (6)[243]244-295(1).  First unpaginated leaf: recto, blank; verso, Supplementum title page; second; recto, second title page Die historico- / Bibliophilie / von / Wilhelm Junk; vignette; verso, Inhalt (contents); third: recto, foreword dated August 1939; verso, blank; 243, text (an essay); 291, index; 295, liste fernerhin erwähnter Autoren; 295, list of Junk's bibliographical catalogs.  Contains one unpaginated facsimile reproduction of a title page with blank verso.

The two major German natural history and science booksellers in the early 20th century were Junk and Friedländer.  Here, Junk has assembled entries from many of his catalogs and attempted to organize them in a coherent manner.  The amount of information in these entries varies but can be very considerable and the prices are always interesting.  The supplement is an essay written from the perspective of a scholarly book seller about natural history and science books.  As one might anticipate, there is considerable attention devoted to rarity and value.

This is a rare bibliographic item.  It was reprinted in smaller format with an added preface by A. Asher in 1979.

This entire 1939 collection of two volumes and supplement is not listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity or Yale.  Ucal lists volumes I and II.  Harvard and Trinity list the 1979 reprint.  A few individual catalogs are listed by AMNH.


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