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.
Almost all copies of this scarce work have between three and twelve plates handcoloured. Copies with all plates handcoloured are rare.
The only monograph ever attempted to cover the weavers and sparrows. 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). Copies with all plates coloured are rare and typically most copies have between 3 and 12 plates coloured. The attractive plates are by F W Frohawk who is best known for his illustrations of Butler's Foreign Finches in Captivity 1893 and Wilson's Aves Hawaiiensis 1890-1899.
Mengel 178; Mullens and Swann 48; Nissen IVB 77; Zimmer pp. 41-42.
Price: $4,500.00 AU