Published 24th June 2013
Included in the antiquarian book auction on the 21st August 2013 will be one of the ‘great’ ornithological books of the nineteenth century: the second edition of Coloured Figures of the Birds of the British Islands by Lord Lilford (1891-97).
Birds of the British Isles by Lord Lilford (BK10)
The second edition is published in seven quarto volumes and beautifully illustrated with 421 hand coloured and colour printed lithographs, most of which are by Archibald Thorburn and John Keulemans.
Frontispiece of The Birds of the British Isles by Lord Lilford (BK10)
Bound in attractive olive green morocco, there is a degree of light foxing, which reflects in the estimate of £700-£1,000.
Lord Lilford (1833-96), the fourth Baron Lilford, was one of the eight founders of the British Ornithologists’ Union in 1858. He travelled widely and collected an extensive collection of live birds that were kept in the grounds of Lilford Hall. His aviaries included many rare birds from around the globe. He was responsible for the introduction of the little owl into England in the 1880s.
A plate from The Birds of the British Isles (BK10)