NEW GUINEA BIRDS BOOKS
Rothschild, Walter and W. P. Pycraft.
London: Transactions of the Zoological Society of London, 1900.
Quarto, 109-299 pp., 18 handcoloured lithographs by Keulemans, four uncoloured photographic plates, two handcoloured maps. Contemporary half morocco and marbled boards, top edge coloured, publisher's blue wrappers retained, a fine copy.
Extracted from the Transactions of the Zoological Society of London, Volume 15, part five.
The only monograph on the most spectacular of all the large flightless birds. Cassowaries are confined only to Australia and New Guinea. Rothschild assembled a large collection of live cassowaries at his estate at Tring in Hertfordshire, England, and Keulemans used them as subjects for his outstanding plates. With one exception all the plates are head studies.