Thursday, 30 October 2014


 AN opportunity to buy antiquarian bird books beckons next week at Sotheby’s salerooms in London.

The auction - with pre-sale estimates in brackets - will include the following titles:

Gould: Birds of Europe in five volumes (£40,000 – 50,000)
Dresser: Be-eaters (£5,000 – 7,000)
Sclater and Salvin: Exotic Ornithology (£4,000 – 6,000)
Bewick: History of British Birds in two volumes  (£500 - 700)
Meyer:  Illustrations of British Birds in four volumes (£6,000 - 8,000)
Yarrell: A History of British Birds in four volumes (£600 – 800)

The sale on Friday (November 4) starts at 10.30am, and the bird books will be first to go under the hammer.

Full details, including illustrations, at 
Henry Dresser's study on Bee-eaters is expected to bids upwards of £5,000      

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