JOHN HUNT (1777-1842?)
British Ornithology; containing portraits of all the British Birds including those of Foreign Origin which have become domesticated. Norwich: Bacon & Co., 1815-1822. 3 volumes, 8° (223 x 137mm). 3 engraved titles , 4 uncoloured anatomical plates, 178 hand-coloured engraved plates by and after Hunt. (Some general browning and spotting, the browning heavier to about 10 plates. some neat marginal repairs, the uncoloured plates laid down, the Dartford Warbler plate in vol.III torn and repaired.) Modern sprinkled calf gilt, wrappers to an original part bound at the back of vol.I, by Bayntun of Bath. Provenance: H.L.Bradfer-Lawrence (sale: Sotheby's, 20 May 1968).
FIRST EDITION, VERY RARE, WITH A DISTINGUISHED PROVENANCE. The work was never finished, the text ends in mid-sentence in vol. III and there follow 76 plates without text. Copies vary in the number of plates. Apparently it was intended that the work should include 200 plates, but the maximum number of recorded plates (including the 8 rare uncoloured bird plates) is 192 (see the Fattorini copy, sold these rooms, 25 October 1995, lot 20). Mullens & Swann p.305; Zimmer p.315; Nissen IVB 464. (3)