London: John van Voorst, 1872. Royal 8vo. viii, [ii], 342 pp. FIRST EDITION. With 14 hand coloured lithographed plates by J.G. Keulemans. Contemporary red cloth, rebacked; uncut, one signature loose. Ex-library, with the perforated stamp of the John Crerar Library on title and a stamp indicating its de-accession, plus the blindstamp of James H. Dolan Jr. Item #16333
First edition of the first comprehensive account on the birds of Egypt. Shelley made three trips to the Nile region, collecting a large number of birds, many of which are illustrated here for the first time by Keulemans.
Shelley (1840-1910), geologist and ornithologist, was the nephew of Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Anker, 469; Nissen, IVB, 872; Wood, p. 566; Zimmer, II, 588.