This copy of Studer’s The Birds of North America entered into the Fitchburg Public Library system in 1906. The binding is the original one that the monograph was sold with, and while the spine is degrading, the boards have held up remarkably well and are still attached.
Internally, the book is clean and beautiful. The plates are in great condition and are each marked with the library’s stamp.
- Title: The Birds of North America: One hundred and nineteen artistic colored plates representing the different species and varieties; Drawn and colored from nature; Including a copious text giving popular account of their habits and characteristics, based on observations made in the field by the eminent writers on ornithology; Prefaced by a systemic table and index to page, plate and figure
- Editor: Jacob H. Studer
- Illustrator: Theodore Jasper
- Publisher: Natural Science Association of America
- Place: New York
- Year: 1903
- Format: Imperial quarto
- Length: 182pp; 119 colored plates
- Dimensions: 5” x 15.5” x 2.25”
- Condition: Library copy since 1906. Original binding—maroon leather with gilt titles. Library call number taped to spine. Numerous scrapes, and stains on cover. Cream silk moire endpapers. Library stamp on front pastedown. Binding tight. No missing pages. Gilt top edge. Pages clean. Plates bright and clean. Library stamps throughout. Some small folds and tears.