A Monograph of the Odontophorinae, or Partridges of America.
London, published by the Author, (1844-) 1850. Folio (545 x 368 mm). With 32 fine hand-coloured lithographed plates after Gould and Richter. Contemporary full green morocco gilt, spine gilt in compartments, edges gilt.
A fine copy of this spectacular work on American birds. Issued in 3 parts, this work describes 35 species, of which 3 are more closely treated in the introduction but not figured. There is usually more than one subject to each plate and featured in a natural setting. "The graceful actions and elegant deportment of these birds inspired me with a desire to become thoroughly acquainted with the entire group of which they form a part. In the course of my researches I have several times visited most of the public and many of the private collections of Europe, and have besides corresponded with various persons in America: the result is that I have had the pleasure of extending our knowledge of the group from eleven to no less than thirty-five species." (Preface). One plate with repaired marginal tear not affecting the illustration. Nissen IVB, 376; Fine Bird Books, p.102; Wood, p.365; Anker 176.
Item nr. 9586
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