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2012 Spring Newsletter

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No.2                                                         Spring 2012
In This Issue
The very best from the main series
No. 51 Man and Birds
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Tim & Kate Loe

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Tel: 01566782528



Dear Customer

Welcome to our second newsletter. A joint effort: Tim asks you to inspect your copy of Man and Birds - which state do you hold?  We offer you an opportunity to purchase the very best from the main series. Titles hidden away from light and dust and many still with their original shop receipts; a near complete collection.

I mentioned the forth coming DVD of Ted Ellis and I'm pleased to say that we now have the copies and just await the artwork and production of our insert. I hope the wait will be worth while and we'll let you know when they are ready.

Just in case you missed the radio programme recently on WW2 prisoners including the author of The Redstart, John Buxton, I've attached a document summarizing the dramatisation, but sadly too late to listen again via the BBC iplayer. Through the Wire


Kate Loe
 The Very Best
The search goes on for the perfect copy; untouched by natural elements and untouched by grubby fingers. We have just listed an almost entire set for sale individually and the majority of these are exceptional. As an existing customer we are giving you the opportunity to purchase before the books are uploaded for general sale on the internet. As usual we will offer a 10% discount off the list prices. 
At this stage please contact us directly if you would like an image, further information or to place an order.
Contact via or 01566 782528.

No. 51 Man and Birds - What State is Yours?


Most New Naturalist collectors will be aware that there are two (first edition) states of Warblers and Orkney, but I suspect that they will be unaware that the same is true for a good number of other books in the series. I certainly wasn't until, for the purposes of the forthcoming bibliography, I compared in detail multiple copies of each title. Man and Birds is a case in point: an inspection of a dozen or so first edition copies, revealed two distinct sets of features, and by looking at dated inscriptions and review copies it was possible to establish a priority of manufacture. The differences are however confined to the binding and dust jacket as, being of the same printing, the text-blocks are identical in both states. Below is a table of the diagnostic features of 1st and 2nd state Man and Birds. I have inspected a couple of books that didn't quite "key out" but it may be that these were subsequent marriages of book and jacket. I would be very interested to hear from you regarding your copy - and to establish the true position before going to print.


First Edition

Man & Birds

Lettering to Buckram



Plates Leaf pp. [vii/viii]


Dust Jacket

Pre-publication state





With original leaf i.e. with uncorrected errors and not the subsequent glued-in (corrected) cancel leaf.



1st State


c. 221 - 222mm.

medium green, weave apparent;

apt to fade

Cancel leaf glued to top of the stub; pp. [viii/ix] glued together at gutter


spines and fore-edge of text-block distinctly rounded

Without Duraseal

2nd State


(slightly heavier than first state)

c. 224mm.

medium green with a "waxy" finish;

weave less pronounced, not apt to fade

Cancel leaf glued to underside of stub;

pp. [vii/viii] glued together at gutter

Spine and fore-edge of text-block flattish

With Duraseal


M & B is the first book in the series to be fitted with a Duraseal dust jacket protector, but this appears only on second state first editions. Duraseal, a proprietary clear plastic protector, was to become a standard feature of New Naturalist jackets for the next 15 years. Man and Birds is also the first (and only)

book in the series to sport a variant with silver-gilt lettering to the casing - a diagnostic feature of the second state. Whether this started off as silver or has faded to silver is a mute point, but it's certainly distinctive.

    It is not unusual for books to be printed with errors - much to the delight of the bibliographer, as these are often the only reliable way of identifying different printings. If errors are small a publisher might just ignore them or include an errata slip, but in extreme cases they will excise the offending leaf and paste onto the stub a new leaf (know as a cancel). With the first edition of M & B, a significant error must have been present on the Plates Leaf (preliminary pages vii/viii), as a cancel has been pasted onto the stub of the original page - in early copies it was glued to the top of the stub, in later copies to the underside. Despite having inspected dozens of copies I am yet to discover an original leaf with the uncorrected errors - perhaps there are no extant copies? But the imperfect nature of the Human condition, which allowed the mistake in the first place, might also have allowed an uncorrected copy or two to have slipped through. Perhaps you have one in your collection?


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