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Nests and Eggs of Birds Found Breeding in Australia and Tasmania.

Stock Code 111283

Sydney, printed by order of the Trustees of the Australian Museum, 1901-1914.

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In the original wrappers. The preferred, much enlarged second edition of Australian ornithologist Alfred North's comprehensive report, containing descriptions of the plumages, eggs, and nesting habits of birds found breeding in Australia and Tasmania. Illustrated in a series of 45 photographic plates and numerous in-text designs.

North (1855-1917) joined the Australian Museum in 1886. His early work involved the arrangement of the Dobroyde collection of bird eggs, and the preparation of a catalogue of the museum's collection. This was first published in 1889, the same year North was appointed Assistant Curator to E.P. Ramsay with a remit to focus principally on the preparation of catalogues of the Australian birds held in the museum. In 1891 North's position at the Australian Museum was formalised as permanent Assistant in Ornithology, which he held until 1917.

'Alfred North's interest in collecting bird eggs can be traced back to his youth and alongside his work at the Australia Museum he was a founding member of the Field Naturalists' Club of Victoria (1880), a Corresponding Member of the American Ornithologists' Union from 1902 onwards, and a Colonial Member of the British Ornithologists' Union from 1903. Several genera, species and subspecies of birds were named after him' (Encyclopedia of Australian Science and Innovation).

Second edition, entirely re-written with additions; 4 vols in 17 parts, vols I and II with separately bound titles with top-edges uncut; folio (32 x 26 cm); 45 photographic plates, numerous in-text illustrations, errata and publisher's information tipped-in; original printed wrappers lettered in black to upper covers, stab-sewn, larger parts cloth backed, slightly faded, occasional light wear mostly affecting vol. IV with small tears to margin of last few plates, a very good set attractively presented in 4 pictorial green clamshell cases, emu design in gilt to upper panels, spines lettered in gilt.

Zimmer 467; Nissen IVB 681; Whittell 552; Wood 494; Olsen 83; Trinity College, Hartford 176; Yale Library 210-11

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Nests and Eggs of Birds Found Breeding in Australia and Tasmania.

NORTH, Alfred J.

Stock code: 111283



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