Berlin: R. Friedlander & Sohn, 1898. Two volumes. 4to. xxxii, 392; -962 pp. FIRST EDITION. With 45 lithographed plates (42 colored) and 7 colored maps. Half morocco over marbled boards, gilt lettering on spine. From the libraries of Dr. James M. Dolan Jr., director of collections for the San Diego Zoological Society, and Professor R. Woltereck of the University of Leipzig. Item #16319
First edition of one of the most comprehensive monographs on the birds of the East Indian Archipelago. Meyer, Director of the Royal Museum in Dresden, collaborated with his assistant Wiglesworth to present a systematic account of the species found in the peculiar geographical area strung between the Asiatic and the Australian continents. The preface gives short biographical notes concerning the naturalists and collectors who have written on the birds of Celebes. This is followed by a discussion of the seasons and weather patterns in the area and how that affects migration and geographical distribution. The authors utilize statistical tables to prove that each of the fifty-four “more prominent migratory birds of Celebes” has a specific migratory route, and then enumerate the nearly four hundred species, of which seventy-seven are illustrated in the plates by Herr Geisler, the artist of the Dresden Museum.
Meyer (1840-1911) was a prominent German anthropologist and ornithologist. He served for nearly thirty years as director of the Königlich Zoologisches und Anthropologisch-Ethnographisches Museum in Dresden. His translations of Darwin and Wallace influenced many German scientists.