Gingermuff, I heard from my friend and he said the following about his copies.
''The red one is what I believe to be one of the publishers copies from 1958. It is numbered 199 and has an interesting book / library plate in it. My 1st edn published copy (like yours) is numbered 78.''
He confirmed that the first edition was limited to 200 copies.
Shorty, with regards to the Atkins books he said:
''In the UK and States, the 1938 Atkinson books go for ~ $250 to $500 depending on condition, dust wrapper, etc. I’m lucky to have a few copies that were picked up in the UK years back. When published, they reckon most copies were shipped directly to America where they stayed. I approached Baynton Publishing years ago in an effort to find out the publishing run. I received an interesting letter stating that their records were all destroyed in the WWII bombings so they didn’t know.''
I found that a lot of the Oxford fanciers I have had dealings are collectors of books, literature and other artifacts in relation to their fowl - and gamefowl in general. Ive even started a little collection myself.