Regular readers of this blog are probably aware of my penchant for Chicken books and this little number is just one of the type of chicken books that I look out for. It's definitely vintage and appears to have gone through the ringer a few times in that it is very worn. Once again I’d like to think this is due to constant referencing due to the incredible quality of the contents. Unfortunately I am not a chicken expert (although I do have a taste for it and on the odd occasion I have been called one) so I am unable to confirm this quality, but with an organization such as The Biological Institute of Australasia* involved, one can assume that the booklet has some merit.
I have noticed that Chicken books (and Bee books) are frequently inquired about in the second hand book trade and one such inquiry occurred quite recently whilst I was manning the shop. After a quick and mumbled inquiry, I promptly guided the customer to our lovely collection of historical poets. The customer looking quite blankly at the shelf for a few moments, turned to me and said, “Poultry, not Poetry”. As embarrassing as this was, I still think it was very funny.
*The Biological Institute of Australasia pioneered veterinary medicine in Australia and was later replaced by the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories.