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
, acknowledged as the best ornithological artist in
" (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
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.
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.
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