London: The Avicultural Society, 1894-1921. Octavo, Publisher’s cloth, gilt-decorated in the two later series, the final three volumes in binder’s cloth, most volumes retaining the printed wrappers.
The Avicultural magazine was the first journal devoted to cage-birds and, along with Bird notes which it absorbed in 1926, is the finest avicultural journal ever published. All the great names of twentieth century aviculture are represented, such as Jean Delacour who was a prolific contributor to the journal throughout his long life. The illustrations in the early volumes are of a very high standard and it was as late as volume 49 that the use of chromolithography for the colour plates ceased. There is a large body of literature on Australian birds, particularly parrots and finches. This is very much in evidence in the volumes edited by David Seth-Smith (1901-1934) who made a number of collecting trips to Australia at the turn of the twentieth century in his capacity as Curator of Birds at London Zoo.
"This magazine is a scientific periodical of the greatest value not only to students of avian domestication but to ornithologists in general. It is well written (by numerous naturalists of note) and well edited by ornithologists of international repute. The illustrations, both black and coloured, are of the best..." (Casey Wood).
Casey Wood p. 213.
Price: $12,500.00 AU