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STONHAM, Charles.

The Birds of the British Islands.

Availability: In stock

Published: London E. Grant Richards, 1906-11

Stock Code: 115567

£1,750
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

First edition. Stonham (1858-1916) "was senior surgeon to the Westminster Hospital... and was decorated for services in South Africa as chief surgeon and officer commanding the Imperial Yeomanry Field Hospital". The illustrator, Lilian Medland (1880-1955) has been described by the National Library of Australia as "much-overlooked but brilliant". "With a privileged upbringing, educated at home by a governess, the adventurous young Lilian also had the opportunity to walk in Scotland and travel abroad, enjoying mountain climbing, skiing and skating in Switzerland and Austria, and sketching wherever she happened to be. At 16, she began nursing training at Guy's Hospital in London. Here, fortuitously the leading surgeon... Charles Stonham, a keen ornithologist, noticed her sketching ability and encouraged her, setting her on her second and lifelong career. Stonham was compiling a major work, The Birds of the British Islands... Medland's drawings reveal keen and accurate observation. Where possible she showed birds in lifelike attitudes... Owls and raptors were always her favourites and her paintings proclaim the drama of their power" (Christobel Mattingley, Seen but Not Heard: Lilian Medland's Birds, 2014, pp. 9-10). In 1923 Medland married the conchologist and ornithologist Tom Iredale and they moved to Sydney, Australia.

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Description

5 volumes, quarto (322 x 246 mm). Contemporary red half morocco, spines gilt tooled on the raised bands, red pebble-grain cloth sides, top edges gilt, untrimmed, marbled endpapers.

Illustrations

318 gravure plates (with captioned tissue guards) by Lilian M. Medland, 2 folding coloured maps; title pages printed in red & black.

Condition

Spines lightly sunned and with a few marks. A very good set.

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