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The original set has been sold. However, high quality pigmented modern reproduction fine art prints of each of the engraved plates is available. Please click here for information.

L. WRIGHT. THE BOOK OF POULTRY. With Practical Schedules for Judging, Constructed from actual analysis of the best modern decisions.

Cassell & Company, Limited ( London ) 1885 "Popular Edition", probably First Popular Edition. 591 pages with 4 pages of publisher's ads at rear. Large format, 8 1/2" x 10 5/8" hardcover.

This is the "Popular Edition" reprint of the original 1873 classic THE ILLUSTRATED BOOK OF POULTRY (also available. Click here to see) which was illustrated with 50 gorgeous chromolithographed plates. This edition is illustrated with 18 full-page b&w plates "Specially prepared for this Edition" and 102 b&w line illustrations in text. There were NO color plates issued with this edition which originally sold for 10s 6d as compared to the "deluxe" edition with color plates which then sold for 2 2s.

The book was reprinted several times between 1880 and 1911. The Illustrated Book of Poultry was part of the natural history series published by Cassell and Company in England in the latter half of the 1800s.

J.W. Ludlow was an ornithological artist who specialized in domestic birds. He illustrated several books between 1867 and 1886 on poultry and pigeons. His poultry illustrations are considered classics and are widely reproduced in posters today.

Lewis Wright was a Victorian-era author, editor and poultry, pigeon and animal expert. He played a major part in documenting old and rare breeds of poultry and recording their histories. Wright was the subject of the 2001 book "Lewis Wright and His Poultry" by Joseph Batty.

Bound in original bright red cloth with embossed rooster, gilt lettering and gilt design on spine. A very attractive production. An affordable alternative to the First edition!

CONDITION: Front and rear hinges cracked due to typical thin endpapers but binding still solid, a minor thumb size faint stain on front cover, o/w a very attractive Very Good or better copy.

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