London: R. H. Porter, 1864-1907. Large octavo, portrait, 37 lithographed plates mostly coloured, folding coloured map. Binder's cloth retaining the two printed front wrappers in each volume, top edges gilt, others uncut, a fine copy, scarce.
John Wolley (1824-1859) assembled a fine egg collection and was deeply involved, with his close friend Alfred Newton, in the pursuit of all things relating to the Great Auk. They travelled to Iceland in 1858 in pursuit of the auk. "It is entirely due to Wolley that the circumstances surrounding the last raid on Eldey in June of 1844 are known. John Wolley is, then, one of the great unsung figures in the story of Garefowl research" (Fuller, Errol. The Great Auk, 1999, p. 378).
Wood p. 633; Zimmer p. 691-692.
Price: $8,500.00 AU