The first of the original ‘British Birds and their Nests’ books of series 536. It is written by Brian Vesey-Fitzgerald and illustrated by Allen Seaby. Seaby only illustrated one more book for Ladybird – the sequel to this. He died before either was published. The first book of British Birds stands as something of a landmark in the Ladybird story. It was the baby of employee Douglas Keen – and with its success began his own success within the company. From this point on he began to take on more and more influence over editorial content. Within a few years he was made a director and thereafter in a position to steer Ladybird through its years of greatest success.
This book is in such tired condition that I would never normally upload it here – but for a couple of reasons, I think it deserves a chance. It’s a second edition (the same year as the first edition, 1953). The pictures show its numerous faults – but the text pages are in decent condition and the pictures have that glow that is only found in the earliest copies. It would suit a collector who wishes to collect all the variations of editions to be found in the earlier books
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