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The bird-fancier's companion; or, a true and easy way of hatching and bringing forth canary birds. 2nd ed.

Author Anon
Title The bird-fancier's companion; or, a true and easy way of hatching and bringing forth canary birds. 2nd ed.
Imprint Edinburgh: A. Donaldson & J. Reid for William Coke,
Date of Publication 1763
Language English
Notes Only two other copies of this book on canaries are recorded in ESTC and no first edition is recorded anywhere. The text is taken from a work first printed in London "A new way of breeding canary birds" (1742), which was also reissued as the second part of "The bird fancier's necessary companion and sure guide" (London, 1760-62). The work opens with chapters on the different breeds of canary and about how to make the best choice from the birds imported into "England" by German traders. The import of caged birds into Scotland is likely to have been though Leith, at that time the main entry point in Scotland for foreign goods, which would explain why the book was printed for a Leith-based bookseller, William Coke. The book goes on to cover breeding of canaries, health tips and how to make them sing. It closes with a section on native wild birds which were often kept as caged birds: skylarks, goldfinches and linnets. The book is illustrated with a frontispiece and a plate showing how to set up a bird trap, as well as three plates depicting the three aforementioned native song birds. The plates were engraved by Edinburgh-based Thomas Phinn (1728-c.1770).
Shelfmark RB.s.2851
Reference Sources Bookseller's notes
Acquired on 31/08/12
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