COWARD, T.A. The Birds of the British Isles and Their Eggs. Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd. 1936-40
Small 8vo. 3 vols. Original brown gilt cloth with dustwrappers; pp. viii + 412, viii + 402, x + 326, illustrated throughout by Thorburn, Richard Kearton and others; very good.
Sixth editions of vols 1 & 2, third edition vol 3. This is a "birding classic, full of personal observation… The author was ahead of his time in his strong interest in bird behaviour. It remains far more readable and interesting than most modern guides" ( Peter Marren, The Observer's Book of Wayside and Woodland,p.150).