A Treatise on Domestic Pigeons, comprehending all of the different species known in England; describing the perfections and imperfections of each, ... the method of breeding the most curious and valuable sorts, ... the generation of pigeons in general.
By Moore, John
Pp. xvi, 144, engraved frontispiece of pigeon coop, 13 engraving plates of different pigeons. Later full green leather, lettered in gilt on the spine and with gilt ruling on the front and rear covers, attractive green marbled endpapers, 8vo. This work was originally privately printed in 1735 by John Moore. It was then titled ‘The Columbarium’ and issued in a very small edition – only six copies are known to exist in libraries around the world (Casey Wood, 471). It was later published in 1765 under the title ‘A Treatise on Domestic Pigeons’ in an edition of only 750 copies. This second printing was published anonymously by a practical pigeon fancier. However, it is an exact reproduction of Moore’s Columbarium of 1735. This is the first English book on pigeons and is a great rarity.
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|Condition Description||The title page shows some minor offsetting from the frontis plate, a few of the plates are trimmed with no loss to image, there is a touch of marginal foxing to a few pages of the text; a tight and clean copy in very good condition.|