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DIXON, Charles. Rural bird life: being essays on ornithology with instructions for preserving objects relating to that science.

London. Longmans, Green, and Co., 1880.
8vo. xiv, 374pp. With an engraved colour frontispiece, a further four engraved plates, and numerous engraved illustrations in the text. Contemporary gilt-tooled navy calf, contrasting brown morocco lettering-piece, gilt supralibros of Hillbrow School, Rugby to upper boards, marbled edges. Lightly rubbed, spine sunned. Marbled endpapers, without front blank fly-leaf, else internally clean and crisp.
The first edition of ornithologist Charles Dixon's (1858-1926) manual on indigenous British bird life. Dixon is notable for his discovery of the St. Kilda wren and his vehement opposition towards Darwin and the theorised role of natural selection in evolution.
£ 75.00 Antiquates Ref: 16492