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Job - The Sport of Bird Study

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Full Title: The Sport of Bird Study: A Book for Young or Active People, 2nd Ed.
Author: Herbert K[eightley] Job
Date: 1908-11 - 96 Years Old
Summary: This book starts with chapters on Birding and bird photography. The next 15 chapters cover the major families and groups of birds with details on their habits, nests, and habitats. This book has 132 full page photograph plates taken by the author from his Birding experiences.
Book Details: Pages: 288 (including index) [Illustration pages unnumbered]
Size (apx): 5-5/8" X 8-3/8" (14.5cm X 21.2cm)
Full Page B&W Plates: 132
Details of Condition: The cover is dark blue and is essentially perfect except for a few faint water spots on the front and a few light spots on the back. The water spots on the front are not visible until you look at the book at an angle to a bright light. The front gold lettering is quite bright but less bright on the spine. The spine looks to be a little light ("sunned").

All pages are bright with a very slight trace of ivory from the age. There is no foxing on the pages. The illustrations are perfect. As show in the photo below, the edges are rough. We sometimes forget that books used to be sent to the reader with the edges uncut. The reader was supposed to neatly cut the pages in order to read the book. Some of the time this is not done as neatly as it might be. But that is possibly part of the charm of this book and is original with the book.

There is an ink signature of a former owner on the inside front cover (Jos. R. Reardon). The inside flyleaf has a dedication to what I assume was the first owner: "Tilla Allen Drew - Christmas - Albert & Emma. There also are a very few "freckles" on these pages. The title page has a seal of Joseph R. Reardon, Notary Public.

And that is it. The book is in perfect condition other than these very few minor items. The binding is as sound as a new book. This book is listed with a copyright date of 1908 but is mentioned on the Title Page as the Second Edition. I believe that would make it 1911 as the actual printing date of this copy.

The Sport of Bird Study
Front cover photo
The Sport of Bird Study
Book Spine
The Sport of Bird Study
Book Edge - Cut Pages
The Sport of Bird Study
Title Page and Illustration
The Sport of Bird Study
Random Page Illustration (Note: Grey shading is a shadow NOT on actual page)
Price: $38.95

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