London: E.A. Petherick, 1888. Octavo, ten plates and text engravings. Publisher's printed vellum binding with marbled end papers, tears repaired, very scarce.
Stephen William Silver (1819-1905) was a wealthy London timber merchant who assembled a fine collection of New Zealand bird specimens. They were exhibited at the Colonial and Indian Exhibition of 1886 and this publication is in effect a catalogue of the collection. His fine library subsequently became known as the York Gate Library and was purchased in 1905 by the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia, Adelaide.
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