Leiden: E J Brill, 1867-1868. Octavo, one handcoloured lithographic distribution map, six (one folded plain and five handcoloured) lithographed plates and some folded tables. Early blue half morocco, all edges coloured, a very good set.
The first true monograph on parrots. "In the first section of Volume one of this comprehensive monograph the author describes the general natural history of the birds, beginning with a historical and literary survey of the subject, followed by a treatment of the habits, geographical distribution, morphology, feathers, anatomy, and systematics of parrots. The remaining part of the work is devoted to the special natural history of parrots, containing a detailed synonymy and elaborate descriptions of the individual genera and species" (Anker).
Anker 142; Nissen IVB, 314; Zimmer I, 220; Wood 341.
Price: $1,200.00 AU