Rex Brasher and Associates: Chickadee Valley, Kent, Connecticut, 1929-1932. Hardcover. Very Good. Item #21-4362
Twelve volumes. 867 colored plates, oblong 13 x 8", brown boards, leather spine and corners, book title in gilt on boards, list of contents in gilt on leather, woodpecker in color on boards of each volume. Condition: Volume 7; cover has slight chipping, corners lifting and moderately rubbed, slight fraying to spine. Volume 8; front hinge detached. Volume 10; corners lifting and moderately rubbed, slight fraying to spine. Volume 12; woodpecker on front cover rubbed with loss of color. Tissue guards in all except for Volumes 10, 11 and 12. Overall condition: Covers rubbed, edge toning (usually light), colors bright. Volume 4 doesn't list limitation. Former owner included a handwritten note with an excerpt from Ripley & Scribner's "Ornithological Books In The Yale Library". In part: "This monumental work is the most ambitious publication of colored plates of birds executed in this century. Mr. Brasher's loving care bestowed on each hand-colored plate is the tradition of a hundred years earlier." COMES WITH A PRINT OF REX BRASHER (11 x 9") SIGNED AND INSCRIBED TO GOOD FRIENDS MICROBIOLOGIST PAUL DE KRUIF AND HIS WIFE RHEA, A HANDWRITTEN LETTER ON "BIRDS AND TREES OF NORTH AMERICA" STATIONERY (11 x 9") NOT ADDRESSED TO ANYONE BUT HAS AN ORIGINAL DRAWING BY BRASHER. BRASHER HAS SIGNED ALL 12 VOLUMES OF THE SET. ADDITIONALLY, HE HAS INSCRIBED THREE OF THE VOLUMES TO THE DE KRUIFS "To Paul and Rhea whose practical enthusiasm helped bring the birds home", "To Rhea with real affection" AND "To my friend Paul De Kruif" WITH ORIGINAL DRAWING OF A RED BIRD ON THE TITLE PAGE OF THAT VOLUME. Stunning collection.