London: George Bell and Sons, 1884-1887. Octavo, three volumes, 81 colour-printed wood-engraved plates (chromoxylographs) by Benjamin Fawcett drawn by A. F. Lydon. Publisher's primary issue dark green blindstamped cloth, a fine set in the best of three variant publisher's bindings, scarce in this condition.
The first book devoted exclusively to parrots in captivity and with much of Australian interest. Occasional contributions were made by the Rev. F. G. Dutton, who writes of the spectacular, but unfortunately now extinct, Paradise Parrot and unwittingly describes their breeding behaviour of burrowing into termite mounds. "A pair I had were most anxious to burrow into the wall of a room in which they were. Had they done so they would have got into a loft and escaped. So, they were caged and sent to the Zoological Gardens [London] ..." (Vol. 2, pp. 31-2).
Ferguson 10071; Fine bird books (reprint) p. 103; Nissen IVB 393; Nissen SVB 215; Whittell p. 303; Wood p. 368; Zimmer p. 274.
Price: $7,500.00 AU