A natural history of singing birds: and particularly, that species of them most commonly bred in Britain. To which are added, figures of the cock, hen, and egg, of each species, exactly copied from nature… together with the figure, description, and use of the day-net, and the manner of catching small birds of all kinds.

Edinburgh, J. Wood, 1776.

12mo, pp. [2], vii, [1], 120, with 21 engraved plates and an engraved frontispiece, lacking the half-title and the index; lightly toned, a few small marks, still a good copy in contemporary tree sheep, rebacked and foreedges renewed.


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Rare Scottish second edition (first 1754), which was also issued in England under the alternative title ‘A natural history of English song-birds’. Seeking to reveal ‘the wondrous wisdom of God displayed in the creation of fowl’, the work is charmingly illustrated with clearly-impressed engraved plates depicting the cock, hen & eggs of each species, with invaluable pointers on breeding, providing nest materials, and nutrition.

Rare, ESTC records only 3 copies.

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