London: John van Voorst, 1887-1888. Two volumes. 4to. lxxxiv, 250, ; xv, 359 pp. SECOND EDITION. With 48 hand-finished color lithographed plates by and after J.G. Keulemans, and 2 uncolored lithographed plates after J. Smit by E. Wilson, plus numerous text illustrations. Morocco-backed boards, illustration in gilt on front covers, title and author in gilt on spines, a.e.g.; some foxing to text leaves. From the library of Pauline and Ted Houser of Moss Neck Manor, with their small book label on the paste-down. Item #16273
Second edition, limited to one thousand copies, of this classic of ornithological literature and the leading authority on New Zealand birds. Issued in thirteen parts by subscription, this work, which gives both the native and systematic names of the Island birds, is much enlarged from the first edition of 1872. The drawings by Keulemans contain nearly seventy figures of New Zealand birds.
“The text gives a complete synonymy for each species, describes both sexes and every condition of plumage, and tells the life-history of each bird from personal observations made by the author during a period of twenty years.” (Anker).