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Glastone's Birds of Dumfriesshire : Fauna of the Solway Area

Glastone's Birds of Dumfriesshire : Fauna of the Solway Area

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The Birds of Dumfriesshire. A Contribution to the Fauna of the Solway Area

By Hugh S Gladstone

Published by Witherby & Co, London, 1910. First Edition. Limited to 350 copies of which this is number 78. Hardback, 8vo, cloth binding,  xcix + 482pp, illustrated with 24 b&w plates plus a a large folding colour map at the rear of the book.

A good copy. The book was once part of the Zoological Department Cambridge (Newton Library) and has few light stamps to the book. Binding good. All contents present and pages clean throughout. Bookplate to inside front board belonging to Robert Washington Oates. Overall a good copy.

Robert Washington Oates (1874-1958) was born in London and educated in Belgium and Germany. He served in the First World War as a private soldier, at the same time amassing a considerable fortune through his financial interest in a firm of industrial chemists. After the war he became an antique dealer, gaining an international reputation in the antiquarian book-trade.

In 1954 Oates was instrumental in securing Gilbert White's home, The Wakes, as a permanent memorial to the naturalist and author. There he established the Oates Memorial Museum and Library, which commemorated two members of his own family, his cousin, Captain Lawrence Oates (1880-1912), a member of the Scott's Antarctic Expedition and his uncle, Frank Oates (1840-1875) who was one of the first Europeans to see the Victoria Falls. At that time, the Library was reported to amount to 40,000 books.
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