BIRDS OF CALIFORNIA, DELUXE LARGE-PAPER EDITION, SIGNED
DAWSON, William Leon. The Birds of California: A Complete and Popular Account of the 580 Species and Subspecies of Birds Found in the State. San Diego: South Moulton Company, 1923. Four volumes. Thick folio, original three-quarter green morocco gilt, green linen boards, marbled endpapers. $2500.
Deluxe large-paper edition, signed by the author. Wonderfully illustrated with 110 color plates, 150 full-page photogravures and duotones, and hundreds of in-text line cuts and photographs.
Assembled by one of the leading ornithologists of the early 20th century, the Birds of California is among the most definitive works relating to the birds of a specific state. Dawson's detailed entries on each bird are written to satisfy both the scientist and recreational bird-watcher, at once informative and highly readable. This superbly illustrated edition includes artistic renderings as well as photographs of the species in their natural environs. Nissen, Birds 225. Anker, 82.