To Neltje Blanchan, birds were not merely natural history specimens to be measured and classified and ticketed with Latin names, although she was familiar with all the scientific facts about our feathered neighbors and her descriptions were authoritative. Her interest in birds lay in their character, their beauty, and their economic relation to the balance of nature. She knew and has described the friendships and the feuds between bird families. To Neltje Blanchan, in short, each bird, whether of thicket, field, swamp, forest, or the heights of mountain peaks, was a thing of life and individuality. In one of her notes we find this description of a crow: With a heart as black as his feathers, common as sin itself. This pungent phrase is characteristic of the author's writing.
The artist, Nellie M. Pairpoint, has somewhat the same feeling about birds that Neltje Blanchan had, and her drawings, both black and white and color, are an interpretation with pen and brush of the living, glowing creatures. These pictures are made as the birds would be in action when the sun and shadow enhance the plumage, and not as the dry-as-dust specimens exhibited in museums.
The publishers take great satisfaction in bringing together in one volume Neltje Blanchan's text and Miss Pairpoint's pictures, one being a complement of the other.
The Bird Book, Bird Neighbors by Neltje Blanchan. Illustrated with beautiful drawings in color and b/w by Nellie M. Pairpoint.
Hardcover with blind embossed design on front cover, red cloth binding with dustjacket. Measures 9 1/2 in. x 6 9/16 in. with frontis (The American Robin) and 202 pages.
Literary Guild of America MCMXXXVII (1937), copyright 1932.
32 georgeuos full page, single-sided color plates printed on coated paper. (none missing)
Lots of black and white illustrations throughout.
Listing of Color Plates
Listing of Text Illustrations
I Bird Famiies
III Seasons Of Birds
IV Birds Grouped According To Size
V Descriptions of Birds According To Color
Printed in the USA
The dustjacket is a bit tattered, mostly around the edges including a few chips. The book cover has some handling use wear and minor discolorations. The interior has some toning and a few small closed edge tears. There is a name/address label on the ffep, no interior markings noted.
Not an ex library. The cover and pages are intact and in very nice condition.