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HORSBRUGH, Major Boyd. The Game-Birds & Water-fowl of South Africa. London: Witherby and Co., March - December 11, 1912.
4 parts, 4° (257 x 190mm). 67 chromolithographic plates after C. G. Davies, title, preface, contents and list of plates bound at end of Part 4, as issued, text leaves uncut. (Occasional very light marginal soiling.) Original blue paper, upper covers printed in red and black with title. (Part One with slight wear at head and foot of spine, Parts 2-4 rebacked). Green cloth box, spine titled in gilt.
The complete set of Horsbrugh's ornithological survey of South Africa, with expertly drawn plates by Sergeant C. G. Davies, a Cape Mounted Rifleman, enabling 'the sportsman readily to identify any Game-Bird he may shoot' (preface). Horsbrugh's work is indebted to Sclater's Fauna of South Africa for facts on distribution and eggs and to the Journal of the South African Ornithologists' Union. Nissen IVB 450; Zimmer p.307 ('the illustrations are excellent'). (4)
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