I did a Google search on the title and found it listed in Amazon.com as
not available currently but the 1861 publication turned up twice.
Binding: Unknown Binding
Label: John Van Voorst
Manufacturer: John Van Voorst
Number Of Pages: 90
Publication Date: 1861
Publisher: John Van Voorst
Studio: John Van Voorst
A descriptive catalogue of the raptorial birds in the Norfolk and Norwich
Museum (Unknown Binding)
by John Henry Gurney
Availability: THIS TITLE IS CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE.
Try a Google book search and type in
descriptive catalogue of the raptorial birds in the Norfolk and Norwich
and you will get some intriguing entries.
I checked the Smithsonian and also the database, Early English Books
Hope this helps somewhat.
If nothing else, it does indicate the presence of a 1861 edition.
University of Illinois at Chicago
On Mon, 15 Jan 2007, Chaplin, Simon wrote:
> From: Ray Williams [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: 04 January 2007 10:39
> To: History of Natural History
> Subject: Bibliographical query
> Greetings all!
> I'd be grateful for help in tracing a rare issue of a book.
> In 1864, Van Voorst published for J.H. Gurney "A descriptive catalogue
> of the raptorial birds in the Norfolk and Norwich Museum".
> The title page notes that it was part 1, comprising the Serpentariidae,
> Polyboridae and Vulturidae. In fact, no further parts were published.
> This 1864 issue is fairly common, and I've seen many copies over the
> years. However, I recently came across an earlier issue, the only
> differences being that the title page gives the date 1861, and notes the
> families Serpentariidae, Polyboridae, Vulturidae and Gypaetidae.
> I've been able to trace only one copy of this earlier issue, noted on
> OCLC at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
> Further enquiries there established that the texts of the two issues are
> identical and are on similar paper, but I'm now left with the question
> of whether the 1861 issue was ever available commercially, or was a
> prepublication issue distributed only to colleagues of the Author (this
> unique copy was a presentation). Nevertheless, the cloth casing of the
> 1861 copy is the same as that of the common 1864 issue, and a Van Voorst
> advertisement was tipped in, so it doesn't seem to be a private issue.
> But what could explain the three year gap between the issues, and the
> fact that the 1861 is so rare?
> Can anybody direct me to further copies of the 1861 issue, please? And
> any ideas to explain the associated mysteries?!
> Thanks in advance for your kind help.
> Prof. Ray B. Williams,
> London, UK
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