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ELLIOT, Daniel Giraud.
A Monograph of the Bucerotidae, or Family of the Hornbills.
New York by the author for the subscribers -1882, 1877. First edition, large 4to (37.5 x 29); 57 fine hand-coloured lithographed plates after and by J.G. Keulemans, 3 uncoloured plates of generic characters after and by J. Smit, green marbled endpapers, plates and text very fresh, contemporary green half morocco, spinein six parts with raised bands and gilt title, edges a little rubbed and spine faded, an excellent copy. an excellent copy of the last of Elliot's Great Monographs on Birds. A comprehensive treatment of the entire family of hornbills' (Ayer/Zimmer). Elliot was drawn to this genus by 'The very peculiar appearance of the majority of the birds contained in this volume, as well as the extraordinary habits and structure common to all, which make them differ from other feathered creatures, together with the generally meagre account of many of the species' (Preface). The Hornbills was Elliot's last major ornithological work before his appointment as curator of zoology at the Field Museum of Natural History. Ayer/Zimmer 207; Fine Bird Books 74; Nissen (IVB), 297; Nissen (SVB), 158. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books [London, United Kingdom]
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