Farnborough: Author, 1884-1886. Small folio, 27 handcoloured plates by Keulemans. Modern blue half morocco and blue cloth, raised bands, publisher's wrappers retained, all contained in a handsome blue solander box; a few occasional spots but otherwise a fine copy.
Henry Eeles Dresser (1838-1915) was a successful and wealthy English businessman with a serious passion for ornithology. He travelled widely, forming a substantial egg and specimen collection which is now held by the Manchester Museum. He was a prominent member of the leading scientific societies of his day, a founding member of the British Ornithologists' Union and served as its secretary from 1882 to 1888. He wrote over 100 scientific papers but is best known for his three magnificent bird books; A History of the Birds of Europe (1871–1896) and his monographs on the Bee-eaters (1884–86) and Rollers (1893). Bee-eaters is one of the finest colour plate bird monographs ever published and the plates by John Gerard Keulemans are outstanding.
Fine Bird Books (reprint) p. 92; Nissen IVB 269: Wood p. 324; Zimmer p. 178.
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