The Ornithology of Australia, in 21 parts, bound in 3 folio volumes
By Diggles, Silvester
Vol. 1: pp. (8), frontispiece portrait of Diggles, 2 sepiatone photos of John Gould and Captain Samuel White, 2 other color figures, 1 map + 42 fine color plates of birds by Diggles and Eaton, each with a descriptive text leaf; Vol. 2: pp. (9), frontispiece photo portrait of Diggles, 2 watercolors of birds by White, and 3 other b/w figures + 42 fine color plates by Diggles and Eaton with text leaves; Vol. 3: pp. (8), frontispiece photo portrait of Diggles, 2 facsimiles of the field notebook of White and 4 other b/w photos + 42 fine color plates by Diggles and Eaton, with text leaves. Publisher’s original half gray calf, lettered in silver on the spine over gray cloth, pictorial endpapers (with six unique images), facsimiles of all 21 original wrappers bound in place, all three volumes are in the original shipping boxes as issued by the publisher, folio (14.4 x 10.5 inches; 370-260 mm). This fine facsimile was limited to 500 numbered copies, this is no. 430. These volumes are numbers 5, 7 and 9 in the Facsimile Limited Edition series and from the S. A. White Collection. The first edition of this work was privately printed in Brisbane from 1866-1870. Samuel White and his brother provided the field descriptions of the birds and some watercolor illustrations of the birds. Diggles and his niece, H. G. Eaton, produced the fine hand-colored plates and utilized White’s notes in the descriptive text leaf for each color plate. The exact number of copies of the first printing is unknown but the set only had 92 recorded subscribers. The 126 color plates illustrating 244 Australian birds are extraordinary works of art. The work was intended as an accurate and useful book of reference for those who could not afford or have access to Gould’s ‘The Birds of Australia.’ Diggles work was brought to a premature close by a commercial crisis that caused the withdrawal of many subscribers (from Sotheby’s Bradley Martin sale, (1989, entry 73). No ownership marks and no signs of use.
|Publisher||Facsimile Limited Edition, State Publishing|
|Publisher Place||Netley, South Australia|
|Date Published Estimated||No|
|Number of Volumes||3|
|Condition Description||A fine (new) set in the original shipping boxes.|