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Sclater, P. L. and O. Salvin

Exotic ornithology, containing figures and descriptions of new or rare species of American birds.

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London, Bernard Quaritch, 1866-1869. Large 4to/Folio (36.4 x 28.1 cm). Title page, vi [recte iv], pp.; 100 plates [I-C; Roman numerals] by Joseph Smit, with explanatory text leaves (numbered consecutively), a few text engravings. Contemporary red gilt-bordered half morocco over marbled boards. Spine with five raised bands; compartments rich gilt with floral patterns and gilt title. Marbled endpapers. Top edge gilt.

One of the most beautiful books on tropical American birds, with fine, large plates. Written by the British ornithologists Philip Lutley Sclater (1829-1913) and his fellow member of the Royal Society, Osbert Savin (1835-1898), with fine plates by the "other" (some say better) Dutch bird painter, Joseph Smit (1836-1923). Anker regards this work as "A late continuation of Buffon's Planches enluminées ". A detailed dating of the 13 parts is given by Zimmer. Provenance: Bookplate of the Avicultural Society - T. H. Newman bequest 1944 - on the front pastedown. Skilful repair to the front board edge and front hinge. Endpapers and title rather spotted, rear blanks more so, but the text - save the odd light spot - and the plates absolutely clean. An excellent copy. Anker, 450; Nissen IVB, 844; Sitwell, Fine Bird Books , p. 139; Zimmer, p. 560.

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