Sharpe. A Monograph of the Alcedinidae: or, Family of Kingfishers. 1868-1871. The author's copy.
SHARPE, RICHARD BOWDLER
A Monograph of the Alcedinidae: or, Family of Kingfishers. London: Published by the Author, 1868-1871
FIRST EDITION, THE AUTHOR'S COPY (see provenance), 4to (298 x 226mm.), dedication leaf, list of plates and of subscribers, uncoloured plate of generic characters, hand-coloured lithographed map, 120 hand-coloured lithographed plates by and after J.G. Keulemans, contemporary green half morocco, marbled boards, a few leaves and plates slightly shorter, occasional marginal repairs, spotting or tears, foot of spine and corners repaired, lightly rubbed
Sharpe's first ornithological work. "A useful and beautifully illustrated treatise" (Wood).
Anker 464; Fine Bird Books, p. 107; Nissen IVB 864; Wood, p. 564; Zimmer, p. 575
Signed by Sharpe on front free endpaper
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