Lisbonne: Imprimerie Nationale, 1881. 4to. xxxii, 576 pp. FIRST EDITION. With 10 hand-colored plates by Keulemans. Later half calf over marbled boards, original front printed wrapper bound in, gilt lettering on spine; other than repair to the edges of the final plate, a very nice uncut copy from the Library of James M. Dolan Jr., former head curator and director of collections at the Zoological Society of San Diego. Item #16332
First edition of a one of the most complete treatises on the birds of Angola, “giving for each species, the synonymy, reference to a published figure, the description, measurements and habitat. Several new species are described” (Zimmer). Over five hundred birds are described. This title is one of the scarcest books entirely illustrated by Keulemans. The author, Barboza du Bocage (1823-1908), was Professor of Zoology at the University of Lisbon and curator of zoology at the National Museum of Lisbon, in charge of the animal collections, many of which came from the Portuguese colonies of Africa. Though his main interest were the birds of the Portuguese possessions in Africa, Bocage published more than 200 papers on mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, and many others. He was responsible for identifying many new species.