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Lot 283: VENNOR, HENRY G. Our Birds of Prey, or the Eagles, Hawks, and Owls of Canada.

MAPS & ATLASES; NATURAL HISTORY; PLATE BOOKS

by Swann Auction Galleries

December 8, 2016

New York, NY, USA

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Description: VENNOR, HENRY G. Our Birds of Prey, or the Eagles, Hawks, and Owls of Canada. 30 mounted albumen photographs of taxidermied raptors by William Notman; viii, 154pp. 4to, publishers''s brown pebbled pictorial cloth, rebacked preserving original gilt spine, lightly rubbed; mounts rippled as usual, several photographs with small mounting tears and minor surface abrasions. Montreal: Dawson Brothers, 1876

Notes: From the introduction: "As a work of this kind unillustrated would be but of little service to our students or to the public generally, I have, after much consideration and no little experimenting, accomplished this by photography. Such a method, attempted even a few years back, could not but have resulted in failure; but, to-day, to such perfection has this art been brought, that the pictures produced by it are not only beautiful, but truthful to the most minute detail."

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