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Ensayo ornitológico de los troquilideos ó colibríes de México por Rafael Montes de Oca Miembro de la Sociedad Mexicana de Historia Natural.
Imprenta de Ignacio Escalante, Bajos de San Agustin Num 1, Mexico 1875 - "Fine Hand Colored Lithographs of Mexican Humming Birds". 4to (11 1/2x8 inches); tinted lithographed portrait of the author, 12 lithograph plates of hummingbirds (some with flowers) with original beautiful hand coloring, a few attributed to Hesiquio Iriarte, after original artwork by author-artist.; modern crushed black morocco; original front wrapper bound in. FIRST EDITION OF THIS PIONEERING WORK ON MEXICAN HUMMINGBIRDS by a talented Mexican ornithologist and illustrator, with the descriptions linked to the illustrations by numbers. In total, forty-eight species are listed, and forty-six are illustrated. A native of Mexico, Rafael Montes de Oca (fl. 1859-1880s) was a scientific illustrator, artist, teacher of drawing and languages, and naturalist who wrote, researched, and collected birds and plants of Mexico. Montes de Oca worked as a naturalist on the Mexican-Guatemalan Boundary Commission and collected many plant specimens that are now deposited in the herbarium of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Montes de Oca was a friend and colleague of both naturalist Dr. Manuel María Villada (1841-1922), founding member and longtime president of the Sociedad Mexicana de Historia Natural, and Mexican painter José María Velasco (1840-1912), who made Mexican geography a symbol of national identity through his paintings. Carolina Amor de Fournier, in her introduction to Hummingbirds and Orchids, describes them as a trio of nature enthusiasts who were often in the field together. Velasco also illustrated botanical, zoological, paleontological, and geological publications. In some instances Velasco modeled his detailed anatomical drawings on the scientist Montes de Oca's specimens. Two of the illustrations in the present work are listed as Velasco's in the exhaustive National Homage, José María Velasco (Mexico, 1993). Fine Bird Books, p. 95. Bradley Martin Sale Lot 1741 (Sotheby's NY December 1989). Nissan, Die illustrierten Vogelbücher 643. Palau 178890. Wood, Vertebrate Zoology, p. 470. [Attributes: First Edition]
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