Leaves from the Book of Nature. Birds of Western Africa.For Full Descriptions vide the Naturalist's Library. Published by W.H. Lizars Edinburgh. S. Highley London. & W.Curry Jun.r & Co Dublin. and ssolb by all Book & Printsellers.
[Edinburgh? c. 1840.]
Coloured wood engraving. Sheet 550 x 405mm (21½ x 16"). Slight toning.
Eleven illustrations of birds from West Africa printed as a salesman's sheet, used to advertise Sir William Jardine's 'Naturalist's Library', a hugely successful series of forty volumes published between 1833-1843. By choosing a small format Jardine could sell the volumes cheaply, bringing natural history to the general public.
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