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The Pelster Collection

We are delighted to announce our new catalogue, The Pelster Collection.

Featuring an exquisite collection of rare books by luminaries from John Gould and Edward Lear to Elizabeth Butterworth, this is one of the finest collections of parrot books we have ever seen. 

A masterpiece of bird illustration.

  • Parrots and Cockatoos.

    BUTTERWORTH, Elizabeth (illustrator); LOW, Rosemary.
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    A fine series of 20 etchings with aquatint by one of the greatest living parrot artists, Elizabeth Butterworth (b.1949). Number 10 of 10 bound cop...

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  • Favourite Foreign Birds for Cages and Aviaries.

    GREENE, William Thomas.
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    An interesting introductory guide to keeping foreign bird species from the turn of the nineteenth century.New and revised edition; 8vo (19 x 13 cm...

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  • The Speaking Parrots:

    RUSS, Karl; SCHULTZE, Leonora.
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    The first edition in English of Karl Russ' (1833-1899) introductory guide to 'Speaking Parrots', describing over 100 species of bird, with 8 chrom...

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  • The Illustrated Book of Canaries and Cage Birds, British and Foreign.

    BLAKSTON, W.A.; SWAYSLAND, W.; WIENER, August F.
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    A beautifully illustrated introductory guide to canaries and caged birds, with 56 chromolithographed plates after original designs by Joseph Ludlo...

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  • Nests and Eggs of Australian Birds

    CAMPBELL, Archibald James.
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    The scarce variant issue in two volumes of Archibald Campbell's comprehensive survey of the Nests and Eggs of Australian Birds, richly illustrated...

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  • Parrakeets.

    SETH-SMITH, David.
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    Hand-coloured lithographs. 'A description of the habits, in life and captivity, of about 131 of the smaller species of the parrot groups... the col...

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  • Parrots in Captivity.

    GREENE, William Thomas.
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    The first book on parrots in captivity. 'This was the first book to deal exclusively with parrots in captivity and the last book illustrated by Ale...

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  • Cockatoos: A Portfolio of all Species.

    FORSHAW, Joseph; COOPER, William (artist).
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    Superb illustrations of Cockatoos by William Cooper. A companion piece to his earlier work on Turacos.First edition, number 156 of 460 numbered se...

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  • Nine original watercolours of parrots.

    SCHOUTEN, Peter.
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    Fine original watercolours by Peter Schouten for Tim Flannery's A Gap in Nature - Discovering the World's Extinct Animals, Melbourne, 2001. The 9...

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  • Parrakeets.

    SETH-SMITH, David.
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    Hand-coloured lithographs. 'A description of the habits, in life and captivity, of about 131 of the smaller species of the parrot groups... the col...

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  • Vogelbilder aus Fernen Zonen:

    REICHENOW, Dr. Anton.
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    An excellent survey of the parrots of the world, including notes and illustrations on more than 250 different species.'A series of coloured plates...

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  • [Original Artwork & Manuscript Notes].

    FORSHAW, Joseph M.; KNIGHT, Frank (illustrator).
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    The original artwork and manuscript notes from the 2006 edition of Joseph Forshaw's Parrots of the World, comprising 123 watercolours by the ornit...

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  • Album of the Finest Birds of All Countries.

    BECKER, W[ilhelm].
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    A rare album of 25 hand-coloured ornithological lithographs, including 3 plates of parrots, and 14 depicting American species. Little is known of ...

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  • A Monograph of Endangered Parrots.

    SILVA, Tony; BENNISH, Gracia (illustrator).
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    A signed limited edition copy of Tony Silva's Monograph of Endangered Parrots. Before he was outed as the world's most prolific parrot smuggler, S...

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

    NORTH, Alfred J.
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    In the original wrappers. The preferred, much enlarged second edition of Australian ornithologist Alfred North's comprehensive report, containing d...

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  • Genera Avium.

    WYTSMAN, Philogène Auguste Galilée.
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    Wytsman's Genera Avium was originally intended to describe all avian groups but his death and the onset of the First World War brought an end to t...

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  • Iconographie des Perroquets

    SOUANCÉ, Charles de.
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    Souancé's Perroquets is a fine sequel to the works of Levaillant and Bourjot Saint-Hilaire. Together these three works constitute the definitive s...

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  • Ornithologiae,

    ALDROVANDI, Ulisse.
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    First edition of the first volume of this celebrated treatise on birds containing magnificent full-page illustrations of numerous species, includi...

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  • A History of the Birds of New Zealand [with] Supplement.

    BULLER, Sir Walter Lawry; Keulemans, J.G. (illustrator).
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    First work covering the birdlife of the Maori world. The much-enlarged second edition of Buller's richly illustrated History of the Birds of New Ze...

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