ELLIOT, DANIEL GIRAUD
A MONOGRAPH OF THE PHASIANIDAE OR FAMILY OF THE PHEASANTS. NEW YORK: FOR THE AUTHOR, -1872
FIRST EDITION, 2 volumes, folio (600 x 470mm.), dedication leaf, list of subscribers, list of plates, 79 fine hand-coloured lithographed plates by Joseph Smit and J.G. Keulemans after Joseph Wolf (the plate of feathers folded at foot), 2 uncoloured plates of heads and feet by Smit, late nineteenth-century green half morocco, occasional spotting, mostly to text, binding slightly rubbed
SPECTACULAR HAND-COLOURED PLATES OF PHEASANTS. "Of the great nineteenth-century ornithological monographs, none save Audubon's is so sumptuous as D.G. Elliot's Monograph of the Phasianidae, or Family of the Pheasants... 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).
Nissen IVB 295; Fine Bird Books, p.74; Anker 130; Wood, p.331; Zimmer, p.206
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