London: Cassell & Company, (1880. second edition). Quarto, 50 chromolithograph plates. Publisher's handsome gilt decorated cloth, expertly rebacked with later endpapers and corners restored; all edges gilt, a few spots,, otherwise a very good copy.
The best known English poultry book and central to any collection of poultry books.
"Originally issued in parts from 1872. The oil lithograph plates by J. 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 frontis. is dated 1868. In what may be called the 2nd impression the frontis. is dated 1870. This may be the result of first issuing this work in parts (?). In the revised [second] edition of 1880 many colour plates were changed, 3 figures omitted and 2 new ones included. So total number of figures are 112. Another edition 1890 (frontis. dated 1886). The publishers by this date had changed their name to Cassell & Co." (Palmer, John. Books on poultry: an annotated bibliography. Christchurch: 1990).
Wood p. 637.
Price: $1,800.00 AU