Shanghai Birds. A Study of Bird Life in Shanghai and the Surrounding Districts.

Shanghai: North-China Daily News & Herald Limited, 1929.

8vo (263 x 175mm), pp. [6 (half-title, title, and foreword, versos blank)], xxi, [1 (blank)], 243, [1 (blank)]; colour-printed frontispiece and 22 colour-printed ornithological plates after Henrik Grönvold (numbered I-XXIII), one half-tone plate and one diagram in the text; a few light spots; original light-green cloth, upper board lettered in gilt above a design of a tree branch with birds blocked in black, spine lettered and decorated in gilt; minimal light marking, extremities lightly rubbed and bumped, slight creasing on spine, small mark and hole on front free endpaper, nonetheless a very good copy, in the original cloth; provenance: Lavonia R. Stockelbach (bookplate ‘Ex libris Stockelbach’, with initials ‘L.R.S.’ added in manuscript, on upper pastedown).


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First edition of 'a very useful and well prepared systematic account of local Chinese birds’ (Wood), by E.S. Wilkinson, CBE (1883-1950). Wilkinson was a Chartered Accountant based in Shanghai, and had been employed by the Shanghai Municipal Council Service before becoming a senior partner of Thomson and Co. Chartered Accountants, Shanghai, and concurrently serving as Secretary of the Lester Trust. Wilkinson wrote a ‘Country Diary’ for the North-China Daily News, and was also the author of Shanghai Country Walks (Shanghai, 1932) and The Shanghai Bird Year: a Calendar of Bird Life in the Country around Shanghai (Shanghai, 1935).

This copy is from the library of the artist Lavonia R. Stockelbach, who was the author and illustratior of The Birds of Shakespeare ([New York], 1940).

Nissen 989; Ripley and Scribner, p. 311; Wood, p. 628.

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