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PERROTT, Charlotte Louisa Emily (fl 1830-1835). A Selection of British Birds,... Ilkley: The Scolar Press, 1979

PERROTT, Charlotte Louisa Emily (fl 1830-1835). A Selection of British Birds,... Ilkley: The Scolar Press, 1979

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PERROTT, Charlotte Louisa Emily (fl 1830-1835). A Selection of British Birds,... Ilkley: The Scolar Press, 1979

2 volumes. Folio. Prospectus (13 6/8 x 9 inches), illustrated throughout; Facsimile (20 x 14 inches), 5 fine chromolithographed facsimiles tipped-in. Uniformly bound in half brown morocco, marbled paper boards (AS NEW); preserved in original brown morocco backed brown cloth clamshell box(waterstained)

First published in about 1835 by Robert Havell, with only three examples known, this facsimile edition is one of 250 copies printed. From the Prospectus "There is evidence that she was not only the possessor of a museum containing considerable collections, both zoological and geological, but also an ardent ornithologist and an artist of no mean skill. She was elected an honorary corresponding member of the Worcestershire Natural History Society in December, 1833. She supplied a considerable amount of information which is given in Sir Charles Hastings' "Natural History of Worcestershire: 1834" (her name being repeatedly mentioned with gratitude) and she was a donor to the Society of ornithological, geological and mineralogical specimens, as well as a contributor of papers on these subjects which were often illustrated by her drawings, her most important papers being those on "the Fish of Avon" and "A List of Worcs, Birds"... In a copy of Sir Charles Hastings' "Illustrations of the Natural History of Worcester" there is a manuscript note by Edwin Lees (pp 134) regarding Mrs C.L.E. Perrott: "She was an ardent intelligent woman and had drawn a great number of British Birds in watercolours. These she intended to have engraved and published, but only one number in folio ever came out"

 

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