SAMUELS, Edward A.
Ornithology and Oölogy of New England
Boston: Nichols and Noyes, 1868. 8vo. (10 1/8 x 7 1/4 inches). 24 chromolithographed plates by John H. Buffords, 4 hand-coloured line engravings.
Contemporary half brown morocco and brown cloth covered boards, spine with raised bands in six compartments, lettered in the second and fourth, the others with a repeat decoration in gilt, marbled endpapers
A deluxe large paper, fully coloured issue.
"In presenting this volume to the public, I would say that my chief aim in its preparation has been to supply the great demand for some work that might be accessible to all ... The want of such a volume is keenly appreciated by our students in this interesting branch of natural history; and, as all the editions of the valuable and popular works of Wilson and Nuttall are out of print, it has long been almost entirely unsupplied" (Preface). Samuels's work was issued in a variety of formats: with the 24 lithographed plates in black and white and the 4 plates of eggs coloured, with all the plates coloured (i.e. 24 chromolithographed plate and 4 hand coloured), and a large paper issue with all the plates coloured (like the present).