London: Henry Sotheran & Co., [1887-1888]. Quarto, 21 handcoloured lithographs by Keulemans. Publisher's green panelled cloth, all edges uncut, a fine crisp copy, rare in this condition.
The first, and superior, issue of the only monograph on the order Charadriiformes. Both first and second issue have the same date and identical publisher's cloth but are easily recognised by the superior colouring of the first issue and the different frontispieces (Slender-billed Dotterel, first issue; Chilean Dotterel, second issue). The Australian endemics Red-kneed Dotterel and Hooded Plover are figured.
Fine bird books (reprint) p. 141; Wood p. 561; Zimmer pp.568-9.
Price: $6,000.00 AU