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DRESSER, Henry Eeles.

A history of the birds of Europe.

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London, For the Author, 1871

Dresser's Birds of Europe is the first complete work on the avifauna of Europe since that of Gould.

Henry Eeles Dresser (1838-1915) was the eldest son of Henry Dresser and Eliza Ann Garbutt; he had five sisters and three brothers. His father intended him to take over the family business in the Baltic timber trade so took him out of school in Bromley and sent him to Ahrensburg in 1852, to learn German and in 1854, to Gefle and Uppsala to study Swedish. Henry Dresser spent a time in Hackman's offices in Vyborg learning Finnish during 1856–58, during which time he travelled round the Baltic coast. Dresser had a lifelong interest in birds and collected bird skins and eggs from his early teenage years. Whilst he was in Finland in 1858 he discovered breeding Waxwings and was the first English person to collect their eggs bringing fame among English ornithologists, most

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First edition, nine volumes, including supplement, large 4to, additional vignette title and 723 lithographed plates (721 hand-coloured), after and by J.G. Keulemans, J. Wolf, E. Neale, and A. Thorburn, uniformly bound in contemporary tan half morocco gilt, a very attractive collection.


Anker 120; Fine Bird Books p72; Nissen IVB 267

Stock ID:98975

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