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Egg collecting and bird life of AustraliaEgg Collecting and Bird Life of Australia

Modern full morocco with coloured egg and nest design, gilt spine, marbled endpapers, the original printed wrappers retained. All contained in a fleece-lined, quarter morocco red solander box, an exceptional copy. With the scarce final "Additions" leaf, missing from most copies.

S. W. Jackson (1873-1946) is best known for Egg collecting and bird life of Australia. This is a handsome production liberally illustrated with his pioneering photographs and has always been a scarce and desirable item of ephemeral Australian ornithology. Jackson sold his egg collection to H. L. White and was in his employ for eighteen years. Writing to F. Lawson Whitlock H. L. White said of Jackson “ You will not be taken at first with Jackson, his appearance is between that of an actor and an Italian count. He is not a bushman in the ordinary sense of the word but knows his way about and is the only man who has found eggs of the Eastern Atrichia [Rufous Scrub-bird]. In fact he is the best scrub collector I know…”  (White, Judy. The White family of Belltrees: 150 years in the Hunter Valley.  Sydney: Seven Press, 1981.  P. 78). Jackson was a prolific contributor to The Emu.

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