Above is a photograph of Western Publishing's authoritative compendium Birds of the World (1961), illustrated by Arthur Singer, which I just picked up at the Savers in Las Vegas for $3.99, and Western Publishing's field guide Birds of North America, also illustrated by Arthur Singer, which was given to me as a gift by my bird-loving grandpa many years ago.
The smaller book has been one of my greatest treasures for many years, and I hope that the larger one will get just as much use as the years go by. (This copy of Birds of the World was obviously previously owned by a bird lover as well. His notes are all over the book, and his handwriting actually reminds me quite of bit of my grandpa's handwriting.)
Click to enlarge and see the detail on any of these beautiful spreads.
|Birds of the World title page with ibises|
|Birds of the World table of contents: the previous owner made notes and checkmarks throughout the book in neat pencil.|
|Birds of the World: Eggs and hatchlings|
|Birds of the World: Eagles and ospreys|
|Birds of the World: Toucans|
|Birds of the World: Cockatoos and macaws|
|Birds of the World: Birds of paradise|
|Birds of the World: Bluebirds and robins|
|Birds of the World: "Herons and Their Allies"|
|Birds of the World: Pelicans|
|Birds of the World: Cardinals and buntings|