Lot 5
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Elliot, Daniel Giraud

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  • A Monograph of the Phasianidae or Family of the Pheasants. New York: for the author, [1870]–1872
FIRST EDITION, 2 volumes, folio (595 x 452mm.), dedication to Joseph Wolf, list of subscribers, 79 fine hand-coloured lithographed plates by Joseph Smit and J.G. Keulemans after Joseph Wolf, 2 uncoloured plates of heads and feet by Smit, contemporary red morocco gilt by Bickers and Son, gilt edges, plate of feathers repaired at fold, occasional finger soiling, bindings rebacked retaining original spines


Anker 130; Fine Bird Books, p.74; Nissen IVB 295; Wood, p.331; Zimmer, p.206

Catalogue Note

"OF THE GREAT NINETEENTH-CENTURY ORNITHOLOGICAL MONOGRAPHS, NONE SAVE AUDUBON'S IS SO SUMPTUOUS AS D.G. ELLIOT'S MONOGRAPH OF THE PHASIANIDAE… a rare American contribution to this elegant class of books. It was entirely illustrated by the incomparable Joseph Wolf" (R.M. Mengel, "Beauty and the Beast: Natural History and Art", The Living Bird, 18, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, 1979-1980).

See also illustration on page [4].