Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Brahmas, Campines and Cochins

This illustration is from Dr. J. Batty and Charles Francis' Poultry Colour Guide, 1977 and 1979. A second edition was published in response to demand for the book after it was first published. Dr. Batty wrote the text and Mr. Francis painted the portraits.

The top row shows Dark and Light Brahmas. The center row shows Silver and Gold Campines. The bottom row shows Buff and Partridge Cochins.

The book was part of the collection of Louis Meyi, donated to SPPA in 2008. It includes 25 full page color illustrations, most featuring three breeds. They include ducks, geese and turkeys as well as bantam and large fowl chickens. The book also includes a line diagram of a chicken and drawings of ideal combs.

An SPPA member contacted me today for information about Campines and I was happy to send her text from Harrison Weir's Our Poultry and The Poultry Book along with this illustration. One of the values of this collection to SPPA is that it can help members with their research.

The relatively recent publication of this book may account for its valuation at $30. It's a treasure and a vaulable addition to any collection.

2 comments:

Amy ~ 12 Acres said...

It's a nice illustration. I wonder if our little Campine will look anything like the one pictured?

PoultryBookstore said...

Send a picture as show grows up and we'll see!