Maidstone: Author, 1888. Quarto, [5 parts] in a single volume [all published]. Publisher's brown cloth, 31 (9 handcoloured) plates by F. W. Frohawk. Boards slightly buckled otherwise an excellent copy free of foxing and blemishes, scarce.
The only monograph on weavers and sparrows. Copies with all plates handcoloured are rare and almost all copies of this scarce work usually have between three and twelve handcoloured plates. It was "planned to extend to between 90 and 95 parts and to embrace all the known species of Ploecidae and Fringillidae. In the fragmentary form in which the publication remains, the pagination and plate-numbering are incomplete" (Zimmer). The attractive plates are by Frederick William Frohawk, best known for his illustrations for Foreign Finches in Captivity, 1893 and Aves Hawaiiensis 1890-1899.
Mengel 178; Mullens and Swann 48; Nissen IVB 77; Zimmer pp. 41-42.
Price: $4,500.00 AU