San Diego: South Moulton Company, 1923. First Edition. Format De Luxe Patron's Edition Limited #111 of 150 numbered copies SIGNED by the author, complete in 4 volumes. Illustrated by 30 photogravures, 120 full-page duotone plates and more than 1100 half-tone cuts of birds in life, nests, eggs, and favorite haunts, from photographs. Together with 44 drawings in the text and a series of 110 full-page color plates with printed tissue guards. Publisher's green morocco with multi-color bird onlays & gilt lettering on spines; top edge gilt; photographic endpapers. Wear to extremities; slight darkening to spines; some corners starting to show through leather; small stain on page 450 and the tissue guard but not the photogravure the tissue is protecting; small 1/4" adhesion in center between pages 428 & 429 preventing the pages from fully opening; else a near fine set. This is a heavy set and may require additional shipping. Item #18129
William Leon Dawson (1873-1928) was a celebrated ornithologist and oölogist (collector of bird eggs); his "Birds of California" is among the most definitive works relating to the birds of a specific state.