Each drawing inscribed by the artist at lower right, in pen and ink, with name of bird; sometimes repeated at lower left in graphite. First manuscript title page inscribed; "Drawings taken from a collection of stuff'd Birds / of their natural size / by M. [Mary?] Battersby / Dublin 1834. Second manuscript title page inscribed: Drawings from Stuffed Birds, all the size of nature / By M. Battersby 1843".
Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twentieth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981-1983. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984, p. 234-235
Watermark: J WHATMAN / 1821 (see Heawood 3457-62).
Both sections have a list of contents and countries of origins.
Broadhead, R. M., former owner.
Koch, Frederick R. (Frederick Robinson), former owner.