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William Turner

William Turner (c. 1510 - 1568) was a British ornithologist

His book, Avium praecipuarum, quarum apud Plinium et Aristotelem mentio est, brevis et succincta historia (Cologne, 1544), is the first printed book devoted entirely to birds.

In it, he not only discussed the birds mentioned by Aristotle and Pliny, but also described of birds from his own observations.

In 1903 Cambridge University Press published Turner on Birds, a short and succinct history of the principal birds noted by Pliny and Aristotle, which included the original text and an English translation.

The Hill Collection at Cornell University, USA, includes both the very rare original, as well as a copy of the 1903 translation.

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