A Monograph of the Coraciidae, or the family of the Rollers.
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Farnborough, published by the author, 1893. Folio (370 x 285mm). pp. xx, 111, with 27 fine hand-coloured lithographed plates after and by J.G. Keulemans. Contemporary red half morocco, spine in 5 compartments with gilt lettering.
Published in an edition of 250 copies only
A scarce monograph published in an edition of 250 copies only. This beautifully illustrated work was intended by the author as a companion to his 'Monograph of the Meropidae'. Keulemans was the last of the great bird illustrators. "The great value of Keulemans' work as an ornithological draughtman lay in his sureness of design of the plate and his accuracy in portraying the birds themselves. The bird figures were carefully drawn and executed down to the last scales on the feet. The feathering was neatly delineated with the different plumes receiving sympathetic treatment, the fine soft underplumage and the large flight feathers being equally well drawn" (Jackon, C.E. Bird Illustrators p. 90). A fine copy.
Fine Bird Books, 72; Nissen IVB, 270.