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London: Longmans Green and Co.. 1918.

Four volumes. Royal 4to (320x265mm). Volume I. Fourth edition. pp. viii, 144. Volume II. Fourth edition. pp. vi, 72. Volume III. Third edition. pp. vi, 87. Volume IV. Third edition. pp. viii, 116. Navy blue quarter morocco with brown spines, maroon cloth with coat of arms of Kennet family in gilt to upper and lower covers. Binder's signature of "Morrell, Binder. London" Top edge gilt. Marbled endpapers. Spine lettered in gilt. Some rubbing, scuffing and wear to the spines and joints. Boards are in good condition with slight shelfwear. Corners have been reinforced. Ownership inscriptions of Wayland Hilton Young and E.H. Young. Armorial bookplate of Lord Kennet of the Dene (family name, Young) loosely inserted in volume one. Volume one has handwritten pencil notes from 1920-22 listing the results of bird-watching trips in the UK, India, Holland and Tunisia. Contents are in lovely condition with all plates superbly preserved and protected by tissue guards. Archibald Thorburn's wildlife paintings, mostly done in watercolour, were hugely popular during his lifetime. He designed Christmas cards for the RSPB and exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy. His father was Queen Victoria's portrait miniaturist. Thorburn's realistic but softly lit and heartfelt images are still beautifully lifelike and touching.