Bird books under the hammer

A RARE 1875-published book by John Gould is expected to be star attraction  at an auction  sale in Yorkshire next week.

Tennants of Leyburn expect the hammer to fall at between £15,000 and £20,000 on John Gould's self-published A Monograph of the Trogonidae or Family of Trogons which contains 47  hand-coloured lithographic plates. 

Also in the sale on September  29 are Morris' British Game Birds and Wildfowl  (with 60 hand-coloured plates), for which the pre-sale estimate is £250 - £350,  and Volumes 1 - 10 in Collins' New Naturalist Series which is expected to fetch between £80 and £120.

Tennants can be contacted at  01969 623780 or