Sheffield: Author, 1900. Octavo, 28 (27 of eggs) chromolithographs by Brittlebank, photographs. Publisher's olive-green cloth, a superb set, rare in this condition.
A. J. Campbell, a foundation member of both the Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union and the Bird Observers' Club, was a prolific contributor to the journals of the day. Along with A. J. North he was the leading oological authority and his work is rightly one of the classics of Australian ornithology. "A most interesting account of the nidification of the 765 Australian birds, with copious notes and beautiful photos of nests and nestlings ..." (Wood).
The two volume variant in olive green cloth is much scarcer than the single volume version. Campbell's London agent was the Australian bookseller William Petherick who decided that the book was too large for a single volume and had about 150 copies bound in two volumes. The total edition was only 600 copies.
Ferguson 7872; Whittell pp.106-115; Wood p. 277; Zimmer p. 123.
Price: $2,000.00 AU