All crea­tures great and small

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Birds of many a brightly hued feather join mon­keys, cats, fish, chameleons, ele­phants and other crea­tures in an auc­tion at Bon­hams, New Bond street, Lon­don W1, on May 30. Com­pris­ing some 2,400 vol­umes, ‘Wasse­naar Zoo: a Dutch Pri­vate Li­brary’ is one of the finest col­lec­tions of or­nitho­log­i­cal books in pri­vate hands. the il­lus­tra­tion pic­tured (above) is from John Gould’s seven-vol­ume Birds of Aus­tralia (1840–48).

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