Melbourne: T.C. Lothian, 1907.
The author considered this whimsical overview of Victorian bird life a Christmas greeting from Australia. Complete with woodblock illustration by Ruby Lind and photographs by A.H.E. Mattingley, here is a book that explores its subjects according to habitat in a charming and indirect manner: 'When we awoke at dawn, all the bushes were sparkling with hoar frost, and the spiders' webs, which draped them, were strung with diamond drops, glowing with irridescent tints of blue and red in the early sunlight. Out on the sand-spits and dotted along the shallows were thousands of black swans, crested terns, and silver gulls, whose wild musical clamour drifted inland.'.Item #1145
Octavo, black & white photographic illustrations, in original stapled decorative wrappers, top corner slightly torn, a very good copy.
Price (AUD): $175.00 other currencies