The birds of Tierra del Fuego.
Item ID 71776
London, Quaritch, 1907. 4to (28.0 x 20.5 cm). Half-title, title, engraved dedication page, xl, 158 pp., 21 fine hand-coloured plates by Keulemans, 23 photographic plates, one tinted (red and blue) map. Publisher's black half morocco over green linen boards, gilt lettered spine with five raised, gilt-lined bands; top edge gilt. A rare work on the birds of southern Patagonia with fine, large illustrations by the famous Dutch bird illustrator John Gerrard Keulemans (1842-1912). The illustrations are larger than often seen, and depict a wide variety of little-known yet often spectacularly feathered birds from the island Tierra del Fuego and adjacent parts of Patagonia. The author, who remained on Tierra del Fuego for one and a half years, recorded 78 species in all, and gives detailed information on the taxonomy, habits and habitats, and even noted where and when, to the day, he observed the birds. Apart from the birds there are also 23 tissue-guarded heliogravures of the landscape. This work was published in a limited edition of 300 copies only, this one, however, not numbered. A mint copy. Nissen IVB, 212; Zimmer, p. 151. Bird painter Keulemans at his best - and in a mint condition