Hull and London: Brumby and Clarke, 1899. 4to. [vi], viii, 317 pp., including half-title. SECOND EDITION. Complete with 60 hand-colored plates after Frederick William Frohawk, including the beautiful frontispiece. Contemporary half-cloth and buckram, gilt lettering on spine; other than some wearing to head of spine and corners, an excellent uncut copy with all tissue guards in tact from the collection of Dr. James M. Dolan Jr with his blind stamp on title page. Item #16338
Second edition of a magnificent work on finches. First published a few years earlier, it covers “eighty foreign cage-birds dealing with their distribution, appearance, song and behavior in captivity that on that account alone the work acquires a special importance, though it is not otherwise planes on strictly scientific lines.” This work shed light on over fifty species of finches that are usually kept in home aviaries.
Butler (1844-1925) was one of the most prolific British authors on bird keeping. He worked at the British Museum as an expert on the taxonomy of birds, insects and spiders. Frohawk (1861-1946) was one of the leading British ornithological artists of his time. He was very prolific, producing over one thousand illustrations for various books including Aves Hawaiiensis and Birds of Laysan for Lord Rothschild.
Anker, 90; Casey Wood, p. 274.