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Illustrations of Indian Ornithology, containing 50 figures of new, unfigured and interesting species of birds, chiefly from the south of India, 1st edition, Madras: P.R. Hunt, American Mission Press, 1847,
50 hand-coloured lithographed plates (3 with printed correction to plate numeral pasted on), two closed tear marginal repairs to text leaves, not affecting text, a little spotting and dust-soiling, ink ownership name of Bernard dated 9/14 to upper margin of title, lacks half-title, top edge gilt, modern red half morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, 4to
Anker 231; Fine Bird Books, page 83; Nissen IVB 477; Wood, page 407; Zimmer, page 335. Jerdon (1811-1872) worked as assistant surgeon to the East India Company, arriving in Madras in 1836. The author notes that the great majority of the 47 species depicted 'are figured here for the first time, and either improved figures, or different states of plumage, compose the remainder of the drawings'.