The Birds of Celebes and the Neighbouring Islands, 2 volumes, complete.: Meyer, Adolf B. and ... The Birds of Celebes and the Neighbouring Islands, 2 volumes, complete.: Meyer, Adolf B. and ... The Birds of Celebes and the Neighbouring Islands, 2 volumes, complete.: Meyer, Adolf B. and ... The Birds of Celebes and the Neighbouring Islands, 2 volumes, complete.: Meyer, Adolf B. and ...

The Birds of Celebes and the Neighbouring Islands, 2 volumes, complete.

Meyer, Adolf B. and Wiglesworth, Lionel W.

Published by Berlin: R. Friedlander and Sohn, . First edition., 1898
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Pp. xxxii, 392; (ii) 393-962; 42 hand-colored lithograph plates after painting by Bruno Geisler with all tissue guards in place, 3 plain lithograph plates, 7 hand-colored maps. Full turquoise-blue Sokoto goatskin leather, spine with five raised bands, lettered in gold in two compartments (title on a black morocco label), gold-tooled birds in the remaining three compartments, the raised bands highlighted with gold panel lines, top page edges in gilt, hand-made blue marbled endpapers, (original printed pale green printed wrappers, both front and rear, bound in place), lg 4to (13 x 10.25 inches). "A monograph of the ornithology of the Celebes, with a lengthy discussion of the relationships of the island with adjacent territory and a detailed introduction containing a general discussion, a bibliography, and analyses of the avifauna of various islands. Most of the work was written by Wiggleworth" (Zimmer, p. 432). The fine color plates were painted by ornithologist Bruno Geisler who also collected the bird skins and made observations on the range and behavior of some species. In 1887, Bruno Geisler began collecting birds in Ceylon, Java and the Celebes (now Sulawesi) with his brother Herbert. In 1890, they moved to New Guinea. Their bird specimens and some ethnographic material were mainly sold to the then zoological-ethnological-anthropological museum in Dresden (now Staatliches Museum für Tierkunde and Museum of Ethnology Dresden). In 1893, Bruno Geisler became a curator and taxidermist in the Dresden museum. The bird skins collected by Bruno and Herbert were studied by author Adolf Bernard Meyer, a professor at the Dresden museum. See also Fine Bird Books (1990) 121, Nissen IVB 626, Casey Wood 461 and Ripley 192. Inscribed by the authors to British zoologist/ornithologist Richard Bowdler Sharpe in the top margin of the front wrapper of each volume, the inscription is dated 21. 6. 98 which may indicate the actual publication date of this work. Rear printed endpapers of each volume with just a touch of soiling, all of the text, plates, and maps are bright and clean; a tight copy in fine condition in a spectacular binding. Bookseller Inventory # 6483

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Title: The Birds of Celebes and the Neighbouring ...

Publisher: Berlin: R. Friedlander and Sohn, . First edition.

Publication Date: 1898

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