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Professor Paterson's Book of Engaging Birds
by A.S. Paterson
Hardback First Edition 1971
Published by Hodder & Stoughton, Auckland, New Zealand (1971)
Book Condition: Excellent no inscriptions, binding tight, minor bumps to spine, stain on back cover.

First Edition. Foreword by June Opie. Blue cloth, white lettering to spine. Unpaginated. Illustrated on every alternate page with one of Professor Paterson's satirical drawings.

Are you familiar with the Crested Strumpet, or the Clove Hitch, or the Spotted Wastrel, or perhaps the Bull Wrench? You will find them artfully drawn and described with others of their type in this delightful book. This book was originally prepared by A.S. Paterson in an edition limited to one copy for his friend June Opie.

While June Opie lay in the hospital, her friend A.S. Paterson created this book. It arose from his knowledge of June Opie's interest in ornithology; the details developed from conversations they had shared or overheard, things they had seen or experienced together, e.g., "The bird who lays its eggs in 2/4 time" emerged from his outrageous observations to June on a remarkable female personage at a social gathering.

Following June's discharge from hospital, she was able to tell him what the book meant to her, how it had aided her recovery, had given pleasure to the staff & patients and to friends. As a result, he became enthusiastic about its publication, but was told it was impossible because of the skill required in reproducing his drawings. Now that the skill has been found, his death denies the quiet pride he would have enjoyed.

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