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Indian Hill Birds by Salim Ali RARE FIRST EDITION

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A FABULOUS Vintage Bird Book...Indian Hill Birds by Salim Ali
Filled with GORGEOUS Specially Painted (66) Colored Plates and (8) Black and White by G. M. Henry.

Perfect for every bird lover or Ornithologist!

This edition has a HB yellow cover in good vintage condition with yellow page edging...some very tiny slight stains on cover...plates are in Great conditions...book intact...very slight web showing on few pages, overall, this is a very very nice edition...the color plates are so stunning and could be used for learning to paint, draw or study the species...great for homeschooling, paper ephemera, scanning and framing for wall decor...beautiful! If you desire to see more photos please contact me and I will send them to you, I have plenty more photos of this book!

Sálim Moizuddin Abdul Ali (November 12, 1896 – July 27, 1987) was an Indian ornithologist and naturalist. Known as the "birdman of India", Salim Ali was among the first Indians
to conduct systematic bird surveys across India and his bird books helped develop ornithology. He became the key figure behind the Bombay Natural History Society after 1947 and used his personal influence to garner government support for the organization, create the Bharatpur bird sanctuary (Keoladeo National Park) and prevent the destruction of what is now the Silent Valley National Park. He was awarded India's second highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan in 1976.

George Morrison Reid Henry (17 February 1891, Sri Lanka - June 1983, England) was an entomologist and ornithologist in Sri Lanka.

He was born at Goatfell Estate, Kandapola, Sri Lanka where his father, Charles Reid Henry, managed tea estates. He was one of eleven children and was educated at home by his older sisters. He showed an early talent as an artist and obtained his first job as a draughtsman and a laboratory assistant in the Ceylon Company of Pearl Fishers in 1907 at the age of 16. In 1910 he became a draughtsman at the Colombo Museum and was trained by Dr. Joseph Pearson, Director of the Colombo Museum, who was a zoologist and marine biologist. In July 1913 he was promoted to the newly created post of Assistant in Systematic Entomology at the Colombo Museum, a post he held until his retirement in 1946. George Henry married Olive Hobday in September 1917. His elder son, Bruce Charles Reid Henry, was born on 22 July 1918 and his younger son David Morrison Reid Henry was born on 14 September 1919. Both sons inherited George's talent for drawing and David (who died in Zimbabwe in 1977) became a fine bird and wildlife artist. Olive died in 1969.

Indian Hill Birds
by Salim Ali
Illustrated by G.M. Henry
First Edition
Geoffrey Cumberlege
Oxford University Press

Indian Hill Birds by Salim Ali RARE FIRST EDITION


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