Pp. 109-290; 18 fine hand-colored lithographic plates by J.G. Keulemans, 2 hand-colored maps, 4 black-and-white photoprint-engraved lithographic plates by H. Gronvold. Later one-half morocco leather, spine with 5 raised bands lettered in gilt in two compartments, over English marbled boards, with matching marbled endpapers, top page in gilt, sm folio. Transactions of the Zoological of London, volume 15, parts 1 and 2. The brightly colored cassowaries inhabit the Papuan sub-region, consisting of New Guinea and some of its islands, Northern Queensland, and the island of Ceram in the Moluccas. The fine plates by Keulemans are simply exquisite. See also comments in Casey Wood 543 and Anker 215. No ownership marks and no signs of use. A spectacular work in a truly fine binding in near fine condition. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: A Monograph of the Genus Casuarius (with) On...
Publisher: London: Zoological Society of London, . First edition.
Publication Date: 1900
Book Description London: Zoological Society of London, 1900. Condition: Good. *Price HAS BEEN reduced for our ABEBOOKS Nov. Sale* large quarto, pp. 109-290, 18 chromolithographic color bird plates, 7 other plates; rebound in modern red buckram, old hand stamp to a front blank and the head of the first page of text, else very good with the plates clean and bright. Photos available upon request. Seller Inventory # ZB1109057
Book Description for the Society, London, 1900. FIRST EDITION. Complete with 18 hand-colored lithographed plates of birds by Keulemans, 2 hand-colored lithographed maps, 4 duo-tone osteological plates, and 10 text illustrations. Half morocco, with the original blue printed rear wrapper bound in at the end. From the library of Dr. James M. Dolan, Jr., curator of the San Diego Zoological Society, with his bookplate and blind-stamp on lower blank margin of first leaf. An excellent copy with only very light browning on osteological plates. First edition, as issued by the Zoological Society of London. Rothschild, with Keulemans' exquisite plates, again outdoes himself. Rothschild was obsessed with the cassowary, a giant flightless bird with a colorful neck native to Papua New Guinea and the surrounding islands. He invested huge amounts of money in bringing the species over to England (both dead and alive) in order to study their habits, plumage, and behavior. In this monograph Rothschild describes in minute detail all species and subspecies, local names, measurements, distribution, bibliography, and all other pertinent information such as the anatomical and taxonomic information. Casey Wood refers to it as "a beautifully illustrated treatise" and Anker goes a step further by calling it "an especially profusely illustrated treatise." The second section deals with"the relations of the Casuariidae to the remaining 'Struthious' forms, and the position of these with regard to the 'Carinatae'" (introduction). Pycraft credits Rothschild for having furnished the bulk of the material for this monograph.Rothschild (1868-1937), 2nd Baron Rothschild, member of one of the worlds wealthiest familes, was a British zoologist who became a great collector and founded the Rothschild Natural History Museum in London. The Zoological Society published a number of exquisite ornithological monographs in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century; this one is considered one of the most important as well as magnificent and beautifully illustrated monoraph of the period. Seller Inventory # 16257