WHYMPER, Charles. Egyptian Birds for the most part seen in the Nile Valley. London, Adam & Charles Black, 1909.
8vo. Original cloth with design printed in green and orange and lettered in gilt, gilt top edge; 51 full-colour plates, 11 line drawings in the text, captioned on the tissue guards; head and tail of spine with light wear, two tiny slots to front cover, end-papers browned (as usual), two old ownership inscriptions inside front cover, a good copy.
First and only edition of 3000 copies, dedicated in print to His Highness the Khedive. The eminent Victorian mountaineer, traveller, naturalist and artist here explores what populates the skies, trees and rooftops of the Nile Valley. We encounter many a bird staying in Europe during the summer.
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