Papers relating to Handbook of the Birds of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa: The Birds of the Western Palearctic (BWP)
Comprises minutes, financial information, correspondence, notes, drafts, illustrations, recordings, and annotated volumes.
- Creation: Creation: Majority of material found within Bulk, 1955-1998
- Creation: Creation: 1890-1998
21.78 Linear metres (151 physical shelfmarks, 162 digital shelfmarks)
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 15589/1].
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Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 15589
Papers relating to the composition and publication of Handbook of the Birds of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa: The Birds of the Western Palearctic (BWP).
Biographical / Historical
Handbook of the Birds of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa: The Birds of the Western Palearctic, often known simply as Birds of the Western Palearctic or BWP, is a nine-volume handbook of birds of the western portion of the Palearctic zoogeographical region, covering Europe, Macaronesia, North Africa, northern parts of the Arabian Peninsula and Russia to the west of the Urals. It was conceived as a successor to The Handbook of British Birds (H.F. Witherby et al, published 1938-1941). BWP was published by Oxford Uninversity Press between 1977 and 1996, and a two-volume concise edition published in 1998. For the first five volumes, Stanley Cramp acted as principal editor. Following his death in 1987, that role was taken over by Duncan Brooks (volume 6) and Christopher Perrins (volumes 7-9). Contributions to the work were received from across the international community of ornithologists.
This collection has been divided into four series: Organisational material, Material for full edition, Material for concise edition, and Published volumes. Within those series, material has been arranged by subject.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Transferred from the Alexander Library of Ornithology, 2018.
- Catalogue of Papers relating to Handbook of the Birds of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa: The Birds of the Western Palearctic (BWP)
- Finding aid prepared by Francesca Alves
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