Halle: H.W. Schmidt, 1867. 8vo. xxxix, (i), 290 pp. FIRST EDITION. Complete with 14 hand colored plates. Later cloth boards, gilt lettering on spine; a very good copy from the Library of Dr. James M. Dolan Jr. with his blind stamp on the title page. Item #16339
First Edition of the most valuable contribution to the avifauna of Polynesian. Hartlaub prepared the preface, the introduction, and the diagnoses, with the remaining part of the text being written by Finsch. The work is based chiefly on material collected by Dr. E. Gräffe but deals with all birds known from the area in question, altogether 99 species as well as ten doubtful ones (Anker). The work is dedicated to the Hamburger merchant Johann Cesar Godeffroy (1813-1885), founder of the Museum Godeffroy, which began as a personal collection of birds, fish, shells and other animals. The authors have described all previously recorded information from the naturalists who acceompanied Cook on his first voyage and enlarged it to include specific areas of Central Polynesia, including the geographical area of the Tonga islands, Samoa and Viti. Out of approximately 100 species, 37 are also common to Australia (Platycercus, Monarcha, Myiagra to name few), while the Picidae and Bucerotidae are entirely wanting. The introduction includes a table of the 172 species of birds of Polynesia. Each bird is described in Latin and German with many details about the synonymy, range and other attributes. Five of the fourteen plates show the eggs of the local birds.
Anker, 141; Nissen, IVB, 315; Casey Wood, p. 341; Zimmer, 219.