Pp. (13), 321; (15), 477; (9), 276, + 139 total plates (3 lithographed frontispieces, 105 hand-colored and color-tinted plates, 3 partly colored maps, 28 monochrome plates). Contemporary half morocco with five raised bands, gilt-titled with gilt panel decorations, over marbled boards with matching marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, lg 4to (13 x 9.5 inches; 330 x 245mm). Forty-one of the hand-colored plates are after Keulemans, others are after Smit and other artists. This set, originally issued in 14 parts at irregular intervals, is edited by Rowley and contains contributions by him and by noted ornithologists of the day such as Dresser, Finsch, Gurney, Meyer, Newton, Przewalski, Salvin, Seebohm, Sclater, Sharpe, and others. These three volumes contain articles on the avifauna of Mongolia, Tibet, New Zealand, Guinea, the Fiji Islands, Madagascar, and the Mascarene Islands among other areas. See also Zimmer 533; Anker 432; Fine Bird Books (1990) 137; Casey Wood 543. Some faint foxing to the rear side of the marbled endpapers, the text and plates are bright and clean; a near fine set in a very attractive period binding. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Ornithological Miscellancy, 3 volumes, ...
Publisher: London: Trubner and Co.; B. Quaritch; R.H. Porter, -. First edition.
Publication Date: 1876
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