London: R. H. Porter, 1894-1900. Quarto, 100 handcoloured lithographs by J. Smit. Publisher's gilt brown cloth, top edges gilt, some very light damp affected damage to outer corners cloth, otherwise an excellent set, with the contents in fine crisp condition. Inscribed in the first volume "C.H. Angas with best wishes from Lottie. Xmas 1927"
One of the finest of all colour plate mammal monographs. The book of antelopes was originally the project of Sir Victor Brook (1843-1891), the father of Viscount Alanbrooke, but he died before the project could be completed. The text was then taken over by Philip Lutley Sclater and Oldfield Thomas, curator at the British Museum of Natural History, who provided the scientific descriptions. "The book of Antelopes is a timely work and it is matter for congratulation that the coloured plates prepared under the supervision of the late Sir Victor Brook more than twenty years ago are finally given to the public accompanied by such authoritative letter press" (Science, New Series, Volume three, number 67, 1896, p. 566).
PROVENANCE: Charles Howard Angas (1861-1928), a grandson of George Fife Angas, was the nephew of the artist George French Angas.
One of the antelopes featured in this monumental work is Tragelaphus Angasi or Angas' Antelope. “The discoverer of this fine Antelope, the late Mr George French Angas, was an accomplished artist and traveller ... [He] first met with this species on the northern shores of St Lucia Bay, in Zululand, during his journeyings in that district in 1847.... It should also be mentioned that the Antelope was named, not after Angas himself, but after his father, Mr George Fife Angas, of South Australia, who, we are told, had always "taken a great interest" in his son's travels and researches in natural history. In a folio work called Kaffirs Illustrated, published in 1849, Angas again figured this Antelope, on a plate containing representations of the male, female, and young” (volume four, page 139).
Nissen 3784; Wood p. 558.
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