New York: New York Zoological Society, 1918-1922. Folio, 90 coloured plates by Thorburn, Grönvold, Lodge and others, 88 photographs, map. Handsome red publisher's cloth, limited to 600 numbered copies, a very good set with a few light blemishes and a small worm hole to the first few leaves of volume one, the bookplate of Herbert Rivington Pyne.
"Perhaps the greatest ornithological work of the present century, notable not only for its beauty and the wealth of information it contains, but also for the unusual grace of its prose. Much of the information is first-hand, the author having made extended expeditions to familiarize himself with the species in their native haunts" (Mengel, volume one).
Anker 31; Mengel 203; Nissen IVB 84; Wood p. 228, Zimmer p. 49-50.
Price: $6,500.00 AU