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.