12mo, pp. xi, [1 (blank)], 227, [1 (blank)], [16 (publisher’s advertisements)], with hand-coloured lithographic frontispiece and 16 hand-coloured lithographic plates; early leaves toned; contemporary blind-blocked diced burgundy cloth, crudely rebacked with gilt lettering-piece relaid; rubbed, bumped, and chipped at extremities; front free endpaper inscribed ‘Emily Elizabeth Senior, from her affectionate friend the Author, Wyands Farm, May 3. 1842’.
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The Minstrelsy of the Woods, or Sketches and Songs connected with the natural History of some of the most interesting British and foreign Birds, by the Author of “The Wild Garland,” &c.
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