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Godman, Frederick du Cane

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  • Godman, Frederick du Cane
  • A Monograph of the Petrels (order tubinares). London: Witherby & Co., 1907-1910
  • paper
First edition, number 124 of a limited edition of 225 copies, one volume bound as 2, 4to (327 x 250mm.), half-title, 106 hand-coloured lithographed plates by and after J.G. Keulemans, and H. Grönvold, blue half morocco gilt by Zaehnsdorf, spines lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut, [Anker 163; Nissen IVB 356], bookplate of C. Antony Norris

Catalogue Note

This monograph on the petrels (distinguished from gulls in that they seldom come to land except to breed) was projected by Osbert Salvin but he died in the early stages; Godman later took over the task assisted by Richard Bowdler Sharpe and others. ''Most of my readers will, I feel sure, fully appreciate Mr. Keulemans' excellent drawings; while the colouring of the plates has been entrusted to Dr. Sharpe's talented daughters, whose work will speak for itself'' (Preface).