SALVIN, O. & DU CANE GODMAN, F.
Biologia Centrali-Americana. AVES.
(London) 1879-1904. 4 volumes. 4to (310 x 255mm). pp. xliv, 512; (4), 598; iv, 510; vii, with 84 fine hand-coloured lithographed plates after J.C. Keulemans and two by E. Neale. Contemporary red morocco, gilt lettered spines in 6 compartments.
First edition. "A sumptuous monograph of the birds of Central America" (Zimmer II, p. 542). It forms the complete ornithological section of the 'Biologia Centrali-Americana' by Godman and Salvin published in 57 volumes. "The material on which the work is based was mostly secured by the auhors during several visits to Central America. The large collection of birds they thus acquired by collection and purchase they presented to the British Museum at South Kensington (more than 55,000 specimens). The work deals with 1413 species representing 78 families and 539 genera" (Anker 437). The fine plates are outstanding representatives of Keulemans's bird art. "The great value of Keuleman's work as an ornithological draughtsman lay in the 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 different plumes receiving sympatic treatment, the fine soft underplumage and the large flight feathers being equally well drawn" (Jackson, Bird Illustrators p. 90). A fine copy of this rare work. Fine Bird Books 103; Nissen IVB, 811; Anker 437.
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