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SCLATER, Philip.

Exotic Ornithology

containing figures and descriptions of new or rare species of American birds.

Stock Code
104050
London, Bernard Quaritch, 1866
£12,500

Newly discovered bird species in Central America, including a total of 104 species, belonging to 51 genera, are illustrated in beautiful hand-coloured lithographs by Joseph Smit, published in 13 parts between October 1866 and November 1869.

The Preface states it was originally intended to cover 'the many new and rare ornithological forms that have been recently discovered in nearly every part of the world's surface. As it progressed, however, the authors found that it would be more convenient to restrict it to the birds of the Neotropical Region - that is America south of the United States. No other part of the world can vie with Tropical America in the richness of its avifauna; and nowhere else have so many brilliant discoveries been recently made.'

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Description

First edition, Imperial 4to; (38 X 29 cm); 204 pp., 100 hand-coloured lithographs by Joseph Smit, plates VI & VII slightly trimmed on lower edge, some minor spotting to a few plates and text. Handsome contemporary red half morocco gilt, raised bands, top edge gilt, a very good copy.

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