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THOMAS GENTRY  

NESTS AND EGGS OF BIRDS OF THE UNITED STATES ~ FIRST EDITION ~ BY THOMAS G. GENTRY ~ PUBLISHED BY J. A. WAGENSELLER 1882 ~

Complete with the intricately colored chromolithographed title page and 54 beautifully illustrated full-page color plates. Whitman Bennett, author of A Practical Guide to American Nineteenth Century Color Plate Books (1949), had this to say of this work, "Drawings done chiefly by Mr. Edwin Sheppard of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia , acknowledged as the best ornithological artist in America " (p. 44).
Gentry's book, originally published in 25 parts from 1880-82, was a popular chronicle of the nesting habits of 50 species of North American birds. The plates depict nests, eggs, and the birds themselves. Ayer, 240. Fine Bird Books 76

 

The only writing in the book is a signature "Wm. Senn" on the first page. The pages are not torn or dog-eared, but do show slight aging around the edges. Some of the pages are fragilely connected to the binding as in the picture below.

The chromolithograph plates are exceptionally clean and are in wonderful condition. All plates have their tissue paper covers, but a few of the tissues are torn. The colors in the plates are vibrant. 

 

 

  

INDEX TO IMAGES


bulletTP . TITLE-PAGE CHIPPING SPARROW
bullet1 . CEDAR-BIRD, KINGBIRD,
bullet1N . CEDAR-BIRD NEST
bullet2 . WOOD PEWEE, ORCHARD ORIOLE
bullet2N . WOOD PEWEE NEST
bullet3 . CATBIRD,TOWHBE BUNTING
bullet3N . CATBIBD NEST
bullet4N . ORCHARD ORIOLE NEST
bullet5N . KINGBIRD NEST
bullet6 . REDWING BLACKBIRD, RED-EYED VIREO
bullet6N . REDWING BLACKBIRD NEST
bullet7 . RUBY-THROATED HUMMING-BIRD
bullet8N . TOWHBE BUNTING NEST
bullet9 . DOWNY WOODPECKER
bullet10N . RED-EYED VIREO NEST
bullet11 . SPOTTED SANDPIPER
bullet12N . CHIPPING SPARROW, NEST
bullet13 . SCARLET TANAGER
bullet14 . BARN SWALLOW
bullet15 . VALLEY QUAIL OF CALIFORNIA
bullet16 . GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET
bullet17 . RAZOR-BILLED AUK
bullet18 . PRAIRIE WARBLER
bullet19 . MOURNING DOVE
bullet20 . SPARROW HAWK
bullet21 . WOOD DUCK
bullet22 . LEAST TIT
bullet23 . WHIPPOOBWILL
bullet24 . AMERICAN WOODCOCK
bullet25 . RED-THROATED DIVER
bullet26 . BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER
bullet27 . PAINTED BUNTING
bullet28 . BELTED KINGFISHER
bullet29 . RUFFED GROUSE
bullet30 . LEAST. TERN
bullet31 . EASTERN BLUEBIRD
bullet32 . AMERICAN REDSTART
bullet33 . MOTTLED OWL
bullet34 . VIRGINIA RAIL
bullet35 . MARYLAND YELLOW-THROAT
bullet36 . WHITE-BELLIED NUTHATCH
bullet37 . WILD TURKEY
bullet38 . CHIMNEY SWIFT
bullet39 . KILLDEER
bullet40 . PURPLE GRACKLE
bullet41 . AMERICAN GOLDFINCH
bullet42 . GREEN HERON
bullet43 . BLUE JAY
bullet44 . LONG-BILLED MARSH WREN
bullet45 . YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO
bullet46 . YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
bullet47 . AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER
bullet48 . TURKEY BUZZARD
bullet49 . HOODED SHELDRAKE
bullet50 . BLACK-CRESTED FLYCATCHER

 

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