London: George Bell and Sons, 1884-1887. Three volumes 4to. x, 144 (i.e., 146; additional leaf, 50* and 50**); xiv, 114; viii, 144 pp. FIRST EDITION. With 81 beautiful color wood-engraved plates, the color heightened by hand. Contemporary half morocco, spines in compartments with title and author in gilt and gilt designs. Interior exceptional with virtually no foxing, plates bright and clean. Item #16267
First edition of this classic treatise on parrots, parakeets, lories, cockatoos, etc. It is the first book devoted exclusively to parrots in captivity, though it includes accounts of their habits in life as well.
The work was produced by Benjamin Fawcett (1808-1893) of Driffield, to whom the book is dedicated. The plates are printed in color from wood blocks by a process known as chromoxylography. and in most cases finished by hand. They were drawn by A.F. Lydon (1836-1917) who was associated with Fawcett for about thirty years.