'Handbook of the Birds of the World' 16+1 Volume auction

We have been very kindly donated a 16 volume set (plus the ‘Special’ volume) of ‘Handbook of the Birds of the World’ and as we don’t have enough space at the Observatory to store this collection, we have decided that an auction raising funds for this land purchase would be the most appropriate way to find them a new home. These are a second hand set in near mint condition, with just some wear on the dust sleeves of volume one and two.

This is a great opportunity to get your hands on the full 16 volumes plus the ‘special volume’ of this hard-to-find set of books. More info on the books can be seen here

This is an online auction, with bids sent to [email protected], full instructions below. There is a reserve for the full set of volumes and they won't be sold unless that reserve is met. You will be notified by email to confirm your bid initially and if you are knocked off the highest bid, you will then be informed of the new highest bid. Please check your junk email to make sure you don't miss these emails!

The auction will run until 18:00hrs on 14th December 2020. Whomever is in the top bidder at this point secures the full 16 volumes (plus the ‘Special’ volume) and will be requested to pay via PayPal/bank transfer/cheque etc.). Due to the size of these books we won’t be able to post them, but should be able to organise delivery at least within Yorkshire/northern England/reasonable distance of Spurn – drop us a question about delivery/collection if you are unsure.


1. To place a bid on a print, simply email [email protected] and state your bid, mentioning it is for the Handbook of the Birds of the World.

2. You will then receive and email to confirm your bid has been received and whether or not you are the highest bidder. If you do not receive this email please check your junk folder

3. At the end of the auction we will confirm with the winning bidder and arrange delivery/collection and payment etc.

 We hope you enjoy this auction, please dig deep and help support the Observatory whilst also winning valuable prizes. Any questions about items in the auction can be sent to [email protected]

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Posted: 21 November 2020

'Handbook of the Birds of the World' 16+1 Volume auction