Farnborough: by the author, 1893. 4to. xx, 111 pp. FIRST EDITION. With 27 hand-coloured plates by Keulemans and descriptive text. Half green morocco, marbled paste-downs and endleaves; an exquisite copy from the library of Dr. James M. Dolan, Jr., with his small bookplate. Item #16269
First edition of this very scarce monograph published in an edition of 250 copies only. It is a thorough detailed study of the group, the notes on the anatomy and osteology being supplied by Frank E. Beddard, and the beautiful hand-coloured drawings by J.G. Keulemans. The author intended the work as a companion to his Monograph of the Meropidae (1884-86). Keulemans was the last of the great bird illustrators.