London: Taylor and Francis, 1881. Large quarto, eleven handcoloured plates by Smit, one coloured map, with an EXTRA 55 handcoloured plates. Contemporary binder's cloth, some wear, spines titled 'extra illustrated copy', the bookplate of Alan Francis Brooke, a unique copy.
Colonel Arthur Hay, ninth Marquess of Tweedale (1824-1878), known before 1862 as Lord Arthur Hay and between 1862 and 1876 as Viscount Walden, was a widely travelled soldier and ornithologist. He was President of the Zoological Society of London from 1868 until his death. He assembled a substantial collection of birds, insects, reptiles and mammals and is best known for his monograph on the birds of the Celebes, first published in The Transactions of the Zoological society of London.
THIS COPY: Both volumes have an extra two leaves of typed manuscript listing the extra plates in each volume. The plates are from either The Ibis or Transactions of the Zoological Society of London. The Ibis plates are a much smaller octavo size and have been laid down on matching quarto sized paper. The Transaction plates are quarto and therefore a size match. All the plates have an association with the text of the book.
PROVENANCE: The copy of Field Marshal Alan Francis Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke (1883-1963), who was the foremost military adviser to Winston Churchill during World War Two. Lord Alanbrooke was a keen ornithologist and bibliophile. He was President of the Zoological Society of London between 1950 and 1954 and Vice-president of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) between 1949 and 1961.
Price: $6,500.00 AU