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The Avifauna of Laysan and the Neighbouring - Rothschild, Walter - 1893. 
London: R. H. Porter, -. First edition. 1893 - "Pp. (2), xx, xiv, 1-58, 1-21 (Diary), (3, blank), (59)-194; 195-320; 55 hand-colored lithograph plates by and after J.G. Keulemans and F.W. Frohawk, 21 collotype plates from photographs (including one duplicate plate 'Group of Four White Albatrosses'), 7 lithograph views (2 are color tinted), 2 un-colored lithograph plates of heads and bills, 6 text-figures. Contemporary three-quarter dark red morocco over red cloth-covered boards, spine with five raised bands lettered in gilt in two compartments, pink marbled endpapers, top page edges in gilt, folio (15 x 11 1/4 inches; 38 x 29 cm). This fine work was limited to 250 copies only. The pink printed front wrapper from the second of the three original parts has been bound in as the title page to second volume. The other printed wrappers are not present. The first volume has the title page that was issued for the work. Henry Palmer was employed by Rothschild to procure all the known resident land birds and most of the native sea-birds, gathering over 1800 specimens, many of which are housed in the Tring Museum. "Keulemans did a lot of work for Lord Rothschild who had his own private zoological museum at Tring in Hertfordshire Rothchild's 'Avifauna of Laysan' contained a complete list of the 116 forms of birds from the Hawaiian possessions. Keulemans provided most of the plates illustrating the birds with rather more background than usual and frequently included a young bird with the adult pair of the species. There are many of the original water-color drawings for this book at Tring the coloring of the lithographs in this work are often brighter than the original water-colors" (Jackson, Lithography 88). This is an exceedingly rare work seldom offered for sale. Most copies reside in institutions. See also Zimmer 532, Anker 429, Fine Bird Books 103, Casey Wood 543, Nissen, IVB 794 and Nissen, SVB 419." Light foxing to the front wrapper only that forms the title page of Part 2; a bright and clean copy in fine condition.
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