A Vertebrate Fauna of the Outer Hebrides
Title: A Vertebrate Fauna of the Outer Hebrides
Author: J. A. Harvie-Brown and T. E. Buckley
Publisher: David Douglas, Edinburgh
Hardback - 1st Edition. xciv, 280, Ilustrations include both colour and black and white engravings with maps and large pullout map at the end. 14-page publisher's list.
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The work is split into two parts:
The first part which is very much an introduction provides notes on the locations and geography of each of the islands commencing with the Shiant Islands and working northwards up to St Kilda and Rockall. This part also describes the authors' route through the sparate Islands. Within this section are portraits of William and John MacGillivray, maps and photographs and some pencil sketches of each of the Islands.
The Second part deals with the Fauna itself - firstly with a description of the faunal positions and importance of the outer Hebrides and then sections on each of: Mammals; Birds; Reptiles; Amphibians and Fishes. There are additional photographs and a colour engraving of the Irish black Rat.
There are 6 Appendix and finally a full index and finally a coloured map of the "Long Island" or the outer Hebrides.
First and foremost the book is remarkably in a usable conditon. It has suffered some mishandling that have resulted in some aesthetic issues - starting with the cover boards that have both fading and staining to thecloth cover and some loss of cloth at the top and bottom of the spine. However they do remain robust.
Inside the end-papers are intact and maintaining the strength of the binding. The Text pages themsleves are in exceptionally clean and bright condition given the exterieur state. The illustrations are perfect with tissue guards in place. There are no signs of any foxing.
There is clean gilt edged paging along the top of the volume. The original page-marker ribbon is still present but detached and quite and the silk laible to tear.
The pull out map of the western Isles is in perfect condition.
In a better condition this would be priced considerably higher given its rarity. Any purchaser would do well to have it recovered or rebound or given a case to ensure its future longevity.
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From the library John Lorne Stewart of Coll - his bookplate is on the inside end-paper and a stamp on the spare title-page.