Melbourne: Landsdowne, 1975. Folio (51 x 35 cm). 164 pp. FIRST EDITION. With small silhouette diagrams, 21 full-page color plates (followed in each instance by a full-page black and white sketch of the bird in flight), 2 extra full-page color plates and an illustrated key to generic parts of birds. Full calf; a fine copy. Item #16382
First edition, number 365 of 500 copies signed by Frank Morris. The author describes twenty-one species of pigeons and doves, the Columbidae. Broken down into two groups, the forest or fruit pigeon and the ground pigeon. It is clear that Morris truly enjoyed this project: “Pigeons and doves are endearing creatures and their study can only give satisfaction and pleasure. On the Australian continent they are to be found in every climate zone, from rainforest to desert; to see all in their natural habitat is to see Australia.”
Morris was born in 1936 in Scotland, and moved with his family to Australia in 1948. His first book on birds of prey was published in 1973. The paintings that formed the illustrations were exhibited at Australian Galleries in Melbourne. After eight books on Australian birds, he started to branch off into non-scientific works, and has exhibited all over Australia.