|Plate illustrating Swann's Synopsis of the Accipitres|
The book, recently acquired by the Cullman Library, is A Synopsis of the Accipitres (Diurnal Birds of Prey), by H. Kirke Swann (isn't that a great name for the author of a bird book!). A noted ornithologist, Swann (1871-1926) worked for the natural history bookseller, Wheldon & Wesley, in Great Britain. Swann's research on the Accipitres was based on his own collection of bird eggs and skins, as well as the fabulous collections at the British Museum.
This copy of Swann's Synopsis of the Accipitres is from the second revised and corrected edition, privately printed for the author on large paper during the years 1921 and 1922. Only twenty-eight copies were printed in this edition. The text includes twenty-two leaves of colored plates illustrating eggs from the species featured in Swann's book. A smaller, octavo-sized version of the second edition, lacking the colored plates, was also issued in 1921-1922.
|Bookplate of John Colebrook-Robjent|
Swann, H. Kirke, 1871-1926. A Synopsis of the Accipitres (Diurnal Birds of Prey), Comprising Species and Subspecies Described up to 1920, with their Characters and Distribution. 2nd edition, revised and corrected throughout. London: Privately Printed for the Author, 1921-1922.
Call number: qQL 696.A2S97 1921a SCNHRB Cullman Library
Diane Shaw, Special Collections Cataloger