This is a fabulous book and is now pretty hard to find, and usually goes
for at least $300 when you can find it.
It's in the wonderful old-fashioned unclinical, vivid and often
anecdotal style of nature writing that's a delight to read just for
pleasure. Years ago, when I was only visiting Vermont for a few days
one summer, I heard repeatedly an odd sound at dusk that I couldn't
identify. I asked numerous experienced birders about it, who could
provide no enlightment at all. It was only several years later, when I
was browsing a newly acquired copy of Forbush, that I read in his
treatment of Snipe a description of nearly the identical experience I'd
had with my mysterious bird and knew what it was.
The plates by Fuertes are wonderful, many of them to my mind more
satisfying than Audubon's treatment of the same birds.
This is really a terrific book, and if you're unfamiliar with it, it's a
> Birds of Massachusetts and Other New England States
> This is the 1920s three-volume classic by Edward Howe Forbush. Illustrated
> with colored plates from the drawings by Louis Agassiz Fuertes and figures
> and cuts from drawings and photos by the author and others. Forbush's
> thorough examination of New England birds is still the classic in its field.
> I am asking $200 (will take best offer) + shipping or you pick up.