London: Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co., (1873. first edition). Quarto, 50 chromolithograph plates, including frontispiece (dated 1870). Publisher's handsome decorated green cloth, inner hinge strengthened, a fine copy and very scarce in this condition.
The best (and best known) of all nineteenth century poultry books. "Originally issued in parts from 1872. The oil lithograph plates by J. W. Ludlow were portraits of actual birds and dated. Lewis Wright was the editor of the Fanciers' Gazette (later the Livestock Journal) so was assisted by 'experts' when dealing with the various breeds in this work. There are two variants of the original edition; in the first the frontispiece is dated 1868. In what may be called the second impression the frontispiece is dated 1870 ..." (Palmer, John. Poultry books: an annotated bibliography, 1990). This is the second impression of the first edition.
Price: $5,000.00 AU