London: published by the author, 1876-1880. 4to. FIRST EDITION. With 121 hand-colored lithographic plates by J.G. Keuelmans. Half-crushed morocco, gilt edges, covers spotted, spine a bit faded; occasional light scattered spotting, some offsetting to text leaves, but overall a wonderful copy from the library of K.A. Baird with his ownership inscription dated 1925 on the paste-down. Item #14358
First edition of one of the most attractively illustrated of Keulemans’ works, limited to 250 copies. In the preface, Shelley acknowledges the contributions of Keuleman (1842-1912) and praises his illustrations for their accuracy and artistry, specifically pointing out that Keuleman’s notes on sunbirds at Prince’s Island were incorporated into the text. “An excellent monograph of an interesting family of birds, with descriptions in Latin and English, critical notes, and discussions of habits, etc., from accounts by many different observers. A total of 138 species of the group are recognized” (Zimmer, II, 588).
Shelley (1840-1910), geologist and ornithologist, was the nephew of Percy Bysshe Shelley.