Soffer Ornithology Collection Notes (alphabetical by author)

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Hacke, Johann Wilhelm (1855-1912), Kuhnert, Wilhelm (1865-1926). Das Thierleben der Erde.

Hachisuka, Masauji (1900-1953) A handbook of the birds of Iceland

Hachisuka, Masauji (1900-1953), Udagawa, Tasuo (1917-). Contributions to the ornithology of Formosa.

Hachisuka, Masauji (1903-1953). Ejiputo-san Chôrui.

Hachisuka, Masaugi (1903-1953). The birds of the Philippine Islands.

Hachisuka, Masaugi (1903-1953)  Contributions to the birds of Hainan

Hachisuka, Masauji (1903-1953) Bibiliography of Chinese birds

Hachisuka, Masauji (1903-1953), Udagawa, Tatsuo (1917-) Contribution to the ornithology of the Ryukyu Island

Hachisuka, Masauji (1903-1953). The dodo and kindred birds.

Hahn, C(arl) W(ilhelm) (1786-1836), and H.C. Küster. Ornithologischer Atlas.

Hainard, Robert (1906-1999). Croquis de terrain.

Hale,W. G. The Meyers' illustrations of British birds

Halliday, Tim (1945-). Vanishing birds.

Hammond, Nicholas. Twentieth century wildlife artists.

Hancock, J. A., Kushlan, J. A., Kahl, M. P. Storks, ibises and spoonbills of the world.

Hancock, James and Elliott, Hugh (illustrated by Gillmor, Robert and Hayman, Peter). The herons of the world.

Hansard, Peter  The art of Raymond Ching

Harbaugh, H(enry) (1817-1867). The birds of the bible.

Harper, Charles. Charles Harper's birds & words.

Harper, Charles.  Charles Harper's birds & words.  Second copy

Harriman Alaska Expedition with cooperation of Washington Academy of Sciences  (Merriam, C(linton) Hart [1855-1942], editor). Alaska.

Harris, Henry E. Essays and photographs Some birds of the Canary Islands and South Africa.

Harris, Tony (1951) (text), and Graeme Arnott (illustrations). Shrikes of Southern Africa.

Harris, Tony & Franlin, Kim (illustrator) Shrikes & bush-shrkes including wood-shrikes, helmet-shrikes, flycatcher-shrikes, philentomas, batises and wattle-eyes

Harrison, J(ohn) C(yril) (1898-). Bird portraits.

Harrison, J(ohn) C(yril) (1898-1985) (text by Evans, David). The birds of prey of the British Islands.

Harrison, Thomas P.(errin)(1897-) (editor). John White and Edward Topsell the first water colors of North American birds.

Hartert, Ernst (1859-1933) Die Vögel der paläarktischen Fauna

Harting, James Edmund (1841-1928). Sketches of bird life from twenty years’ observation of their haunts and habits.

Harting, J(ames) E(dmund Fotheringham) (1841-1928). Bibliotheca Accipitraria.

Harting, J(ames) E(dmund Fotheringham) (1841-1928). The birds of Shakespeare.

Harting, J(ames) E(dmund Fotheringham) (1841-1928), and L(éo) P(aul) Robert, (1851-1923). Glimpses of bird life portrayed with pen and pencil.

Harting, J(ames) E(dmund Fotheringham) (1841-1928) Handbook of British birds

Hartlaub, (Carl Johann) G(ustav) (1814-1900). Die Vögel Madagascars und der benachbarten Inselgruppen.

Hartlaub, G. (Carl Johann Gustav [1814-1900]). A Sammelband of extracts that appeared in the Proc. Zool. Soc.

Harvey, (Norman) Bruce (1931-). A portfolio of New Zealand birds.

Hatch, P(hilo). L.  (Nachtrieb, Henry F. [1859-1942]). The geological and natural history survey of Minnesota.

Haverschmidt, F(rançois) (illustrated by Barruel, Paul [1901-1982]). Birds of Surinam. 1968

Haverschmidt, F., Mees, G. Birds of Suriname. 1995

Heilmann, Gerhard (B.) (1859-), and A(vner) L(udvig) V(aldimar) Manniche,  (1867-). Danmarks fugleliv.

Heinroth, Katharina, and Joachim Steinbacher. Mitteleuropäische Vogelwelt.

Heinroth, Katharina, and  Joachim Steinbacher (adaptation française, Marthaler, M., Dorst, Jean). Oiseaux.

Heinzel, Hermann (illustrator) (text by Richard Fitter; maps by John Parslow). The birds of Britain and Europe.

Hellmayr, C(arl) E(duard) (1878-1944). A contribution to the ornithology of western Colombia
Hellmayr, C(arl) E(duard) (1878-1944). Die Avifauna Von Timor.

Helms, O(tto) (1866-1942) (illustrated by Ingeborg Frederiksen). Danske fugle.

Hemmingsen, Axel M. (1900-). Observations on birds in north eastern China.

Hennicke, Carl R(ichard) (1865-1941). Die Raubvögel Mitteleuropas.

Henry, George M. (1891-?)(Wait, Walter E. [1878-?]). Coloured plates of the birds of Ceylon.

Henry, G(eorge) M(orrison) (1891-). A guide to the birds of Ceylon.

Henry, Bruce Highlight the wild.  The art of the Reid-Henrys
Henshaw, Henry W. (1850-1930). Birds of the Hawaiian Islands.

Henshaw, H(enry) W(etherbee) (1850-1930). Chapter III.  Report upon the ornithological collections made in portions of Nevada, Utah, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, during the years 1871, 1872, 1873, and 1874.

Hérissant, Louis-Antoine-Prosper (1745-1769). Bibliothéque physique de la France....

Herklots, G.A.C. (1902-1986) The birds of Hong Kong field identification and field note book
Herrick, Francis Hobart (1858-1940). The home life of wild birds A new method of the study and photography of birds.

Hill, Martha Bruno Liljefors the peerless eye

Hill, Robin (1932-), The lost and the vanishing (Promotional brochure)

Hill, Robin (1932-),  The waterfowl of North America

Hindwood, Keith A. (1904-1971) The birds of Lord Howe Island

Anonymous (Hirst, Henry Beck [1813-1874]). The book of cage birds.

Hirst, Henry B(eck) (1813-1874). The book of cage birds.

Hobun Kikuchi (1862-1918). Hobun Gafu (album of prints by Hobun).

Hodo, Nishimura (fl. 1930s). Parrot (macaw) on a branch of magnolia.

Hodo, Nishimura (fl. 1930s). Omu (Parrot, Cockatoo).

Hoffman, Ralph(1870-1932) A guide to the birds of New England and eastern New York

Hoffman, Ralph (1870). Birds of the Pacific.

Hokusai, Katsushika (1760-1849). Hokusai Museum 1.  Kacho-Ga.

Holden, George H(enry) (1848-1914). Canaries and cage-birds, first edition

Holden, George H(enry) (1848-1914). Canaries and cage-birds, second edition

Holden, George H.(enry)(1848-1914). Canaries and cage-birds, third editionHolmes, D., Phillipps, K. The birds of Sulawesi.

Horsbrugh, Major Boyd (Robert)(1871-1916). The game-birds & water-fowl of South Africa.

Horsbrugh, Major Boyd (Robert)(1871-1916). The game-birds & water-fowl of South Africa.  Parts 2 & 3 only.

Horsfield, Thomas (1773-1859). Systematic arrangement and description of birds from the island of Java.

Horsfield, Thomas (1773-1859). (Zoological researches in Java and the neighboring islands).

Hough, H(enry). B.(eetle)(1896-). The heath hen’s journey to extinction.

Houghton, Rev. W.(illiam)(1828-1895) Walks of a naturalist with his children

Howard, Henry Eliot (1873-1940). The British warblers A history with problems of their lives.

Howell, Arthur H.(olmes)(1872-1940)(illustrated by Jaques, Francis L.[ee][1887-1969]). Florida bird life.

Howell, Steve, N. G., Lewington, Ian (artist), and Russell, Will  Rare birds of North America

Hudson, W(illiam) H(enry)(1841-1922) Lost British birds

Hudson, W(illiam) H(enry)(1841-1922). Birds in London.


Hudson, W.(illiam)H.(enry)(1841-1922 Birds in town & village 

Hudson, W.(illiam)H.(enry)(1841-1922). Birds of La Plata 

Hudson, W.(illiam)H.(enry)(1841-1922). British birds

Hudson, W.(illiam)H.(enry)(1841-1922). Idle days in Patagonia 

Hudson, W.(illiam)H.(enry)(1841-1922)(compiled by Linda Gardiner) (with 25 coloured plates by H. Grönvold). Rare vanishing & lost British birds compiled from notes by W. H. Hudson 

Hüe, François, Etchécopar, R.(obert)D.(aniel) (illustré par Paul Barruel[1901-1982]). Les oiseaux du Proche et du Moyen Orient de la Méditerranée aux contreforts de l'Himalaya 

Hume, A(llan) O(ctavian) (1829-1912). A list of the birds of India 

Hume, A.(llan)O.(ctavian)(1829-1912). Contributions to Indian ornithology No. I. Cashmere. Ladak. Yarkand. 

Hume, A.(lan)O.(ctavian)(1829-1912), Marshall, C.(harles)H.(enry)T.(ilson)(1841-1927). The game birds of India, Burmah, and Ceylon 

Hume, Allan (Octavian)(1829-1912). Nests and eggs of Indian birds  rough draft  part I (II, III) 

Hume, Edgar Erskine (1889-). Ornithologists of the United States army medical corps thirty six biographies 

Hunter, Clark. The life and letters of Alexander Wilson 

Hyman, Susan  (introduction by Hofer, Philip). Edward Lear's birds.


Haacke, Johann Wilhelm (1855-1912), Kuhnert, Wilhelm (1865-1926)

Das Thierleben der Erde  Three volumes.  270 x 200 mm.  Original decorated green cloth with gilt title on upper covers and spine.  Marbled edges.  Berlin, Martin Oldenbourg, 1901.  Printed by W. Bürenstein.  Colored plates and text illustrations reproduced by Georg Bürenstein & Comp., designated G. Bx on plates.  The three volumes contain 120 colored plates after original oils and 621 text illustrations, almost all by Kuhnert, with a very few colorplates of snakes by A. Weczerzicky.

            Vol. 1.  Das Thierleben Europas. π16 [1]8 2-408 [1,2 signed]; 336 ll.  Pp. [I-VII]VIII-X[XI]XII-XXXII[1-3]4-640.  Blank, I; general title, II; volume title, III; contents, V; list of colored plates, VI; foreword, VII; introduction, XI; section title, 1; text, III.  Contains 37 colored plates and 240 text figures.

            Vol. 2.  Das Thierleben Asiens, Amerikas und Australiens.  π4 [1]8 2-398404  ; 320 ll.  Pp. (8)[1-3]4-632.  Blank, π1; general title, π2; volume title, π3; contents, π5; list of colored plates, π7; section title, 1; text, 3.  Contains 39 colored plates and 193 text figures.

            Vol. 3.  Das Thierleben Afrikas und des Meeres.  Das Leben der Hausthiere und der Schmarotzer. π4 [1]8 2-378 384 ; 304 ll.  Pp.(8)  [1-3]4-490[491-493]494-508[509]510-526[527]528-536[537]538-539[540]541-542[543-544]545[546-549]550-598[599-600].  Blank, π1; general title, π2; volume title, π3; contents, π5; list of colored plates, π7; section title, 1; text, 3; overall systematic classification, 493; literature sources, 547; index (for all three volumes), 549; misprints and corrections, 599.  Contains 44 colored plates and 188 text figures.

Haacke was a collaborator in the preparation of the third edition of Brehm’s Thierleben and this ambitious work is of the same genre.  In it, each major zoogeographical area and some of their subsections are treated separately,  Representative members of Classes, Orders, Families and Species are discussed for each and the taxonomic information is synthesized in the overall classification at the end of the third volume.

“Wilhelm Kuhnert is the greatest animal painter of our day”.  So said Richard Lydekker, who was well qualified to judge, in the introduction to Animal Portraiture, published in 1912 as a vehicle for displaying 50 prints reproduced from original oils by the three-color process.  Those 50 prints actually were prepared for, and first appeared in the present work (along with 70 more and 621 text figures).  The present work is a great feast of Kuhnert art and deserves to be much better known and much more valuable than it presently is.  I do feel, however, that the three-color process does not fully capture the quality of an oil painting.

Wood, p. 373.  Absent from Ayer, Yale and Trinity catalogues.


Hachisuka, Masa U. (1903-1953)

A handbook / of the / birds of Iceland 25.0 x 25.8 cm. π[a]2bB-I8(I, 2 signed). (2)[i-iii]iv[v-vi][1]2-128 Original publisher’s blue cloth with gilt falcon on upper cover and gilt lettering to spine. London, Taylor & Francis, 1927.

πr, blank; πv, sketch map of Iceland; i, title; ii, printer designation, Taylor & Francis; iii, preface; v, list of plates; 1,introduction; 12, bibliography (amost 70 references); 17, systematic list of birds (141 species); 107, appendix I, species (12) insufficiently identified; 113, appendix II, erroneously identified species (9); 119, index (English, Generic and Specific. Contains half-tone, uncolored plates I-VII printed on recto of glossy paper and not included in pagination. Also contains uncolored folding “diagrams of eggs of ducks geese etc.” inserted between pp. 106 and 107 and not included in pagination as well as π2 uncolored sketch map.


Hachisuka, Masauji (1900-1953)

Contributions / to the / birds of Hainan  22.0 x 14.9 cm.  Mostly in English.  Pp. (4)[i]ii-xxi(1)[1]2-123(1).  Original publisher’s (?) printed tan paper-covered cardboard with red cloth backing.  Speckled edges. Supplementary Publication No. XV.  The Ornithological Society of Japan, 30th October, 1939.  Stamp and identification number of Finn Salomonsen on upper board.  

 First preliminary leaf, recto, title; verso blank; second preliminary leaf, recto, contents; verso, blank; i, introduction; xii, Japanese translation of introduction (?); xvi, bibliography; xvii, appendix, bibliography of author’s publications; 1, systematic  treatment, Gallus gallus gallus-Corvus macrorhynchus hainanusm, species 1-286. 119, Description of a new Rufous-backed Shrike; 120, index of generic Latin names. Two uncolored finely drafted half-tone plates on a single leaf  are present between the first and second preliminary leaf.  A tissue guard protects the recto side of the leaf.  In this copy, a leaf of thin paper stating “With / the Marquess Hachisuka’s / compliments” is inserted just after the title leaf.

 This work covers the status and subspecific classification of 286 species reported from Hainan.  The idea for the publication came to the author as a consequence of the recent (1939) occupation of Hainan by Japan.  The information for each species consists of synonymy, designation of specimens contained in Japanese collections, and status on the island.  The collections were those belonging to Yamashina, Momiyama, Kuroda and Taka-Tsukasa.

 There is an extensive and interesting history of the ornithology of the island, on which John Whitehead died during a collecting expedition.  The island is perhaps ornithologically best known for the discovery there of Gorsachius (Nycticorax, Oroanassa) magnificus in 1899.

 This work is quite uncommon.  OCLC locates 18 copies.


Hachisuka, Masauji (1900-1953), Udagawa, Tasuo (1917-)

Contributions to the Ornithology of Formosa  26.0 x 18.5 cm.  Original printed green wrappers.  Part I.  Pp. Blank, [187]188-264, blank.  Taiwan Museum, Taipei, December, 1950.  Quarterly Journal of the Taiwan Museum, Vol. III. No. 4. 

187, Forward; 188, history; 200, bibliography; 238, features of Formosa; 244, classification and nomenclature; 247, biogeography; 273, evolution; 277, migration.

Part II.  Pp. Blank, (2, contents)[1]2-180, blank.  June, 1951.  Vol. IV. Nos. 1 & 2.  1, Systematic account; 175, hypothetical list; 178, list of local geographical names.

The first part of this work is a scholarly introduction to the ornithology of Formosa written very similarly to those in the regional ornithological books published by Oliver & Boyd at that time. The second part covers 394 species for each of which the authors provide the original citation, the names in Latin, English and Japanese, a careful description, and finally a discussion of its occurrence and distribution on Formosa.  An additional seven hypothetical species are discussed briefly.

These articles were published as full numbers of the Quarterly Journal of the Taiwan Museum and thus are not truly either off prints or extracts. 

Unlisted in Trinity and Yale catalogues.


Hachisuka, Masauji (1903-1953)

Ejiputo-san Chôrui (The birds of Egypt) 22.0 x 14.7 cm.  Except for its index, this book is printed right-to-left and along the long axis of the page.  The page numerals are in Japanese characters: Pp. (2, title leaf)1-28(introduction and contents)1-369[370](text).  The index, which gives the names of the species in Latin, English and Japanese and the pages (in Arabic numerals) on which they are found, is printed in western style i. e. left-to-right and along the short axis of the page.  Its own page numbers are printed in Arabic: Pp. (2, colophon, may be alternatively viewed as last leaf, Japanese style)1-23[24].  Original red cloth with gilt design and printing on upper (right) cover and spine.  TEG.  Tokyo, 1926. 

Contains plates I-VI including four colored after H. Gronvold  and two uncolored folding map all printed on one side only (verso! but on the same side as the upper cover) and not included in pagination.  Also contains many text photos.  The work is enclosed in the original printed cardboard box.

Hachisuka was the most cosmopolitan of the Japanese ornithological elite.  I believe that he wrote this work while he was attending Cambridge University.  It is most unusual for a Japanese author to deal with the avifauna of a western entity but Hachisuka also wrote a treatise, this one in English, on the birds of Iceland.  The colored plates in this book are printed extremely well, reminding me of those printed by Witherby in the first part of the twentieth century.  The text photos, however, are poorly reproduced.  The work covers 445 species and I suspect that it is very well done.  Hachisuka was an absolutely flawless writer of English so he clearly intended this book to be for a Japanese audience.  It is quite uncommon.

Unlisted in Ayer, McGill, Trinity and Yale catalogs.



Hachisuka, Masaugi (1903-1953)

The Birds / of the / Philippine Islands / with notes on the mammal fauna  24.2 x 17.8 cm.  Four parts in two volumes.  Binder’s blue cloth, original wraps included.  London, H. G. & F. Witherby.  I’ve read that only 500 copies of this work were produced.

Volume I comprising Parts I and II. π10 A-K8 L4 M-2E8 [$1 signed]; 230 ll.  Pp. [i-iv]v[vi]vii[viii]ix-xiii[xiv]xv-xx1-439[440].  March 16, 1931 and September 14, 1932.  Contains two maps and plates 1-39 including six colored plates of birds, five by S. Kobayashi, one by H. Gronvold, all printed using offset lithography by John Bale Sons & Danielsson Ltd who also produced the 10 uncolored plates after Kobayashi in this volume.  The remaining uncolored plates are mainly photographs taken during the author’s trip to the Philippines.  Half-title, i; title, iii; acknowledgments, v; dedication, vi; contents, vii; list of plates, ix; list of text figures (12) and maps, xiii; systematic list of birds, xv; preface, 1; geography and climate, 4; ornithological history, 15; author’s journey to the Philippines, 53; bibliography, 96; systematic accounts, 150; addendum, 410; index, 411.

Volume II comprising Parts III and IV.  π8 b8 A-2F8 2G4 (-2G4); 251 ll.  Pp. [i-iv]v-vii[viii]ix[x]xi-xvii[xviii]xix-xxxi[xxxii]1-469[470].  November 26, 1934 and July 31, 1935. Contains plates 1-62 including 54 that are colored after originals by Kobayashi, Gronvold, Frohawk and Bruce Horsfall and reproduced from previously published plates by Keulemans, J. Smit and Gould.  Seven of the uncolored plates are after Kobayashi.  All plates after original drawings for this work were produced by John Bale Sons & Danielsson Ltd.  whereas the firm responsible for the reproduced plates (four-color process prints) is not identified but is almost certainly Witherby.  Half-title, i; title, iii; preface, v; contents, ix; list of plates, xi; list of 42 unnumbered text figures and two distributional charts, xix; systematic list of birds, xxi; systematic accounts, 1; addenda, 421; corrigenda 424; index, 425.

This fine, scholarly and interesting treatise was left unfinished.  It covers all 425 of the species classified by the author as non-Passerine but only a fraction (151 species) of the Passeres.   In the preface to volume II, the author indicates that the work will be completed in a projected third volume which never materialized.  The Japanese expansionary and imperialistic policy of this era was presumably responsible.  I do not think that the incompleteness of this regional treatment is widely recognized.

Hachisuka studied in England and was a cosmopolitan member of the international ornithological elite as well as a member in good standing of  Japanese nobility.  I’ve read somewhere that he may have served as a Japanese spy during World War II.

Trinity, p. 108; Yale, 120.



Hachisuka, Masauji (1900-1953),


Bibliography of Chinese birds  25.7 x 18.0 cm.  Pp.  [71]72-209(1).  Original printed green wrappers. Taiwan Museum, Taipei, Taiwan.  Quarterly Journal of the Taiwan Museum, Vol. V. Nos. 2& 3. September, 1952.  Bookplate of S. Dillon Ripley on obverse of upper wrapper.


This unusual work lists several hundred references to birds in China from the second half of the 19th century until about 1940.  At the time of publication of this article, save for Gee, Moffett and Wilder’s “Tentative list” (1926), there had been no work that covered the birds of China in its entirety.  Rather, a large number of letters, articles and books had been devoted to the ornithology of various regions found within China.  These publications are here listed alphabetically with respect to their authors.  Hachisuka provides a résumé for many, including examples that were originally written in languages other than English.


 This work, in its own way a tour de force, contains a vast amount of information that must have been very difficult to assemble. 


This is an uncommon work.  OCLC locates only six copies although some libraries may contain runs of the “Quarterly Journal” not referenced with respect to their specific contents.



Hachisuka, Masauji (1903-1953)

The Dodo / And Kindred Birds/ or / the extinct birds of the / Mascarene Islands 27.9 x 22.0 cm.  Pp.  [i-vi]vi-xi[xii]xiii[xiv]xv-xvi1-250; 133 ll.  Original blue cloth, gilt labeling on spine, gilt dodo on upper cover.  TEG.  Dust jacket (poor condition).  London, H. F. & G Witherby, 1953.

  i, Half-title; ii, limitation statement (356/485); iii, title; iv, publication data; v, dedication to his late majesty, Boris III, king of Bulgarians.. ; vi, Latin quotation; vii, contents; xi, list of plates; xii, blank; xiii, list of text drawings; xiv, blank; xv, systematic list of extinct Mascarene birds; 1, introduction; 49, dodo of Mauritius; 86, dodo of Réunion; 96, solitaire of Rodriguez; 108, solitaire of Réunion; 126, other Mascarene extinct birds; 223, bibliography; 246, index.  Contains plates I-XXII not included within pagination of which 14 are printed on one side only including 11 that are colored.  Also contains 35 unnumbered text illustrations.

Hachisuka was an extraordinarily cosmopolitan aristocrat and in this work, he showcases his scholarship and facility for languages by quoting and citing sources published in a variety of languages from the 16th through 20th century.  I'm quite certain that the book was mostly or entirely written before World War II and I believe that most of the illustrations, or at least the colored plates, were done by Kobayashi.  The book draws largely on Leguat, Strickland and Melville, Rothschild and Oudemans and deals with one of the most interesting areas of ornithology, the vanished birds of the Indian Ocean islands.  These birds are known with varying degrees of certainty from inference dependent on the existence of a single bone, a single sketch or a single account, to preserved specimens.  Amongst them are the dodos and solitaires; Aphanapteryx, the "Poule Rouge"; Leguatia gigantea; Lophopsittacus, the Broad-billed Parrot of Mauritius, the Mascarene Parrot, the Crested Starling and many lesser known names.

Hachisuka was not at all critical in interpreting the data and he is not entirely persuasive.  He advances the argument that both a solitaire and a dodo inhabited Réunion and that both were white and he accepts without question, accounts that have seemed fanciful to others.  It is interesting to compare Hachisuka's thoughts and conclusions with those drawn from the same sources by James Greenway in his Extinct and vanishing birds of the world (1958).

All of Hachisuka's books were published in small print runs and the present work is no exception, appearing as a numbered edition of only 485 copies.

Trinity, p. 108; Yale, p. 120.




Hachisuka, Masauji (1903-1953), Udagawa, Tatsuo (1917-)

 Contribution to the ornithology of the Ryukyu Islands  25.8 x 18.0 cm.  Pp.  2PL[  141]142-278 (lacks page 279 of this article).  Original green wrappers printed in English on upper cover and in Japanese (?) characters on lower.  Quarterly Journal of the Taiwan Museum VI Nos. 3 & 4, Taiwan Museum of Natural History, Taipei, December, 1953.

 PL1r, photograph of Hachisuka; PL1v, obituary in Japanese; PL2r-PL2v, obituary in English by Nagahisa Kuroda; 141, table of contents; 143, introduction; 144, general account; 147, early description of Agincourt and Menka-to Islands; 148, avifaunal consideration; 149, migration; 152, biogeography; 157, extinct or vanishing birds; 159. Bibliography; 161 systematic list, Corvus macrorhynchus japonensis-Coturnix coturnix japonica, species 1-276; 276, hypothetical list (nine species).  Contains an unpaginated leaf between pp. 148 and 149 containing an uncolored map on recto and blank on verso.  Also contains uncolored photograph of Hachisuka with obituary.

 The contents listed on the upper wrapper include an unrelated herpetological article, pp. 280-286 that is not present in this copy which  also lacks the last page, 279, of the present work.

 This work is modeled after that on the ornithology of Formosa by the same two authors published in 1951, but is less comprehensive than that work.  The information given for each species is variable but includes present status and, for the lesser known species, often descriptive material and notes on the life history.

 This article is probably very uncommon save in those institutions that subscribe to the journal.  OCLC does not locate any copies of the article, itself.


Hahn, C(arl) W(ilhelm) (1786-1836), and H.C. Küster.

Ornithologischer / Atlas / oder naturgetreue / Abbildung und Bescreibung / der / ausseuropäischen Vögel  (from title page appearing only in first Heft).  20.4 x 12.5 cm.  In 17 Hefte containing 166 pages of text (including title page which appears only in first Heft) and 136 hand-colored plates as described below.  Fine late 20th century gilt-ruled quarter red morocco with marbled sides.  Spine with four gilt raised ridges, five gilt paneled compartments.  Gilt lettering in second and fourth compartments,  gilt design in other three. Marbled end papers.  All 17 original grey wrappers printed within elaborate engraved panel are included.  Nürnberg, C. H. Zeh'sche Buchhandlung, 1834-1841. 

The 17 parts are bound, numbered, titled, paginated and dated as follows: 1, Papagaien, [1-3]4-20 including title page, 1834; 2 Papagaien, [21]22-32, 1834; 3, Papagaien, 33-40, 1834; 4, Papagaien, 41-48, 1835; 5, Papagaien, 49-56, 1835; 6, Papagaien, 57-64, 1836; 7, Papagaien, [65]66-76, 1836; 9, Papagaien, 77-84, 1836; 11, Papagaien, 85-92, 1837; 16, Papagaeien, 93-100, 1840; 10, Spechtartige Vögel, 1-12, 1837; 14, Spechtartige Vögel, 13-20, 1838; 8, Nectariniaden, 1-6, 1-4, 1836; 15, Crotophaga, Scythrops, Pipra, 1-4, 1-2, 5-8, 1838; 17, Bucconidae, 1-6, 1-2, 1-2, 1841; 13, Pipraden, 1-2, 1-2, 1-4, 1837; 12, Laniaden, 1-2, 1-2, 1-4, 1837.  

A Vorrede in Heft 7 (pp. 65-68) dated March, 1836 by  Küster informs the reader that he will continue the work after the recent death of Hahn who had been the sole author of the first six Hefte.

For the most part, the signatures correspond to the Heft number.  The first gathering in the first Heft contains eight leaves.  Each part contains eight hand-colored plates at the end.  All are engraved save those in parts 16 and 17 which are lithographed.  The numbering on the plates is consecutive for the various families.  For example, there are 79 species of parrots that are discussed and illustrated and the 80 parrot plates are numbered 1-57, 57-79 because there are two plates for Psittacus pileatus.  Heft 13 should have been bound before Heft 15 since it contains pp., 1-4 and plates 1-4 of the mannakins whereas Heft 15 has pp. and plates 5-8.  A title page and Vorbericht are present only in the first Heft.  The title on the wrappers differs from that on the title page in lacking the phrase "oder naturgetreue Abildung und Beschreibung".  The year of publication is included on the upper wrapper and, in most cases, the month is given on the lower cover together with the contents.  There is no text for Picumnus minutissimus in Heft 10 and a note on the rear wrapper tells us that it will appear in the next part.  However, it was apparently never published. 

The text provides an introduction to each family followed by species accounts.  The introduction usually lacks a heading but is designated "Einleitung" for the section on parrots beginning in the first Heft.  That section amounts to a monograph since it covers 79 species and contains 100 pages of text and 80 colored plates.  The text provides antecedent references, description, distribution, and some coverage of nidification and life history for these relatively poorly known species.  Hahn, better known as an entomologist and expert on spiders than as an ornithologist,  was an able artist and presumably did the illustrations for this work which he assures the reader are all original.  He also identifies the collection containing the actual specimen portrayed in each illustration.

This book is rare.  It is listed by Wood, p. 374, Zimmer, p. 281, and the British Museum.  Trinity has an incomplete copy.  It is lacking from AMNH, Berkeley, Cornell, Harvard, Library of Congress, Oxford, Smithsonian, and Yale.


Hainard, Robert (1906-1999)

Croquis de terrain  Oblong.  22.9 x 29.4 cm.  Contains 56 unpaginated leaves as described below.  Original publisher's pictorial beige cloth with henna lettering on upper cover and spine.  Lausanne, Éditions Payot, (1975).

First leaf: blank.

Second leaf: recto, half-title; verso, list of books by Hainard.

Third leaf: recto, title; verso, copyright 1975; ISBN 2-601-00207-7.

Fourth-fifth leaves, introduction.

Sixth through 55th leaves: recto, unnumbered, uncolored sketch; verso, title of next sketch.

56th leaf: recto, colophon; credits: printing terminated 14 November, 1975 by Imprimeries Réunies S. A., and L'Imprimerie des Arts et Métier, Lausanne; facsimile reproductions by Repro Marti, Berne; binding by Veihl, Geneva.

Hainard was a gifted Swiss artist specializing in color-printed wood-engravings of natural history subjects.  He was amongst the more original of those with this interest.  The sketches in this book were done because the author anticipated that he might develop some of them into finished wood engravings.  They are freely drawn and very interesting.  Of them, 21 depict birds. 

This book was published simultaneously by Editions Rotapfel, Zurich as "Wildtier-Studien".  A limited edition (French, 100, German 50 copies) with a special wood-engraving printed in five colors was also issued.

Hainard published some pictures in standard ornithological books including the volumes on passeres of La vie des oiseaux by Paul Geroudet which also has many by L. P. Robert.

This volume not listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity, Yale.




Hale, W. G. 


 The Meyers’ / illustrations / of / British birds  33.0 x 23.2 cm. [i-x]xi-xv(1)1-169(1)(82)253-257(1).  Colored pictorial dust jacket.  Wine-colored endpapers.  (London),  Maggs  Bros. and Peregrine Books, 2007.

 i, Half-title; ii, limitation statement, 68/120 standard copies (40 de luxe); iii, blank; iv,  frontispiece uncolored portrait of H. L. Meyer; v, title; vi, copyright, Printed and bound by Smith Settle, Gateway Drive, Yeadon LS197XY; vii, dedication; viii, blank; corrigenda slip tipped in between viii and ix; ix, contents; xi, list of plates 1-42; xv, acknowledgements; 1, text; 167, references; plates 3-42; 253, index; 15 unpaginated leaves, comprising figures 8-10 showing various part wrappers.   

 Contains plates 1-42.  Plates 1 and 2 are uncolored half-tone reproductions of portraits, two per plate.   Running text is present on the back of each of these plates.  Plates  3-42 are mounted color half-tones finely reproducing various original paintings and prints from the various printings of the Meyers’ work.  Also contains uncolored frontispiece portrait of H. L. Meyer and uncolored text figures 1-27, many of which are full-page.  All plates and figures are included in the pagination.

 “Illustrations of British birds” by the Meyers is bibliographically complex, sufficiently so, that Mullens and Swann remark (pp. 401-402) “….hardly any two copies of the folio (imp. 4to) editions of the “Illustrations” being alike”.  The work is a very beautiful one and has always been highly praised.  It was very much a family venture.   The present work is a bibliographic labor of love by an academic ornithologist-entomologist who describes and illustrates various printings and provides much biographical information as well.

The book, which is of high quality, was printed in a small print run and OCLC locates only seven copies.



Halliday, Tim (1945-)

Vanishing birds / their natural history and conservation  23.3 x 15.5 cm.  [1]2-178[18]4[$1 signed]; 140 ll (exclusive of eight leaves of  colored plates).  Pp.  [1-7]8-296 (including 16 pages of colored plates).  Publisher's green cloth with gilt lettering to spine.  Endpaper maps.  Pictorial dust jacket wit original price of $16.95 on upper flap.  New York, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, (1978). 

1, Half-title; 2, blank; 3, title; 4, copyright 1978; ISBN 0-03-043561-7; "First Edition"; printed in Great Britain; 5, dedication; 6, blank; 7, foreword by Bruce Campbell; 9, acknowledgements; 10, blank; 11, contents; 13, list of illustrations and maps; 15, preface; 19, evolution of birds; 38, birds and man; 55, case histories of extinction: dodo and solitaire; great auk; pink-headed duck; extinct and endangered birds of North America; 117, of New Zealand; 170, of islands; 195, of Europe; 217, of Australia; 245, conservation; 265, notes and bibliography for individual chapters; 282, names of birds alphabetized to Enlish, followed by Latin; 289, general index including English names of birds.  Contains; plates I-XVI, so enumerated only in list, printed in color half-tone on both sides of eight leaves included in pagination; uncolored text figures 1-46; nine unnumbered text maps.

This book considers, at various lengths, the causes for decline or disappearance of about 190 species.  It contains some serious errors of fact, the most egregious (p. 239) being reference to a contemporary population of paradise parrots (which is not to say that the species won't be rediscovered).  This is partially compensated by the author's skill as an ornithological artist.  The plates and text drawings are quite attractive.  The author has written or edited a number of books concerned with animal behavior.

Listed by AMNH, Cornell, Trinity, Yale.  Not listed by Harvard.


Hammond, Nicholas

Twentieth / century / wildlife / artists  34.5 x 22.8 cm.  Pages printed within black ruled frame, 31.4 x 19.3 cm.  Pp. [1-6]7-224.  Original publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine.  Gray endpapers.  Pictorial dust jacket with original price of $50 printed on upper flap.  Woodstock, New York, The Overlook Press, 1986. 

1, Half-title; 2, blank; 3, title; 4, published 1986; copyright 1986; ISBN 0-87951-221-0; printed and bound in the Netherlands by Royal Smeets Offset b.v., Weert; 5, contents; 6, dedication; 7, acknowledgements; 8, blank; 9, preface; 10, blank; 11, part one title leaf: introduction to wildlife art; 13, wildlife and art; 15, background to today's wildlife art; 23, wildlife painting in the twentieth century; 29, illustrations for identification; 35, part two title leaf: the artists comprising 43 artists; 220, bibliography (almost 150 entries); 223 index.  Contains about 117 colored illustrations (seven double-page, 11 full-page) and 50 uncolored (four full-page) as well as uncolored photographs of all (43) artists.  All illustrations printed in half-tone, unnumbered, and included in pagination. 

Laid into this copy loosely is an unrelated complete set of 20 cent stamps containing depictions of the 50 state birds and flowers by Arthur and Alan Singer as well as another set of 20 stamps, five each of Antillean Euphonia, Green-throated Carib, Crested Honeycreeper and Cardinal Honeyeater.

This anthology by the Director of Information and Education for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds comprises brief biographies of 43 artists and their work.  Most of the selected artists specialized in birds.  Some, such as Thorburn and Liljefors, achieved a reputation before the 20th century, others are contemporary.  Most expected names are among those selected including Raymond Ching, William Cooper, Don Eckelberry, Louis Agassiz Fuertes, Albert Gilbert, Francis Lee Jaques , Lars Jonsson, J. Fenwick Lansdowne, Roger Tory Peterson, Arthur Singer, George Sutton and Charles Tunnicliffe amongst others. Hammond provides interesting commentary about their work, often from the artists, themselves.  There are some interesting omissions including: Axel Amuchastegui, Paul Barruel, Allan Brooks, Eric Daglish, Frederick Frohawk, Henrik Grönvold, John C. Harrison, George Lodge, Philip Rickman, and Terrence Shortt. 

This work is listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity and Yale.


Hancock, J. A., Kushlan, J. A., Kahl, M. P.

Storks, Ibises and Spoonbills of the World 31 x 24 cm.  Pp. (6, half-title, title and contents)[1]-385.  Though included in pagination, neither the colored plates nor the pages with headings contain page numbers.  Original cloth with dust jacket.  Academic Press, London or San Diego (American edition), 1992.  I see no indication whether this is the English or American edition. 

  1, introduction; 5, classification; 15, conservation; 20, courtship and reproduction; 29, feeding behavior and ecology; 35, species accounts; 283, appendix; 329, bibliography; 383, index. Contains 49 colored plates after Alan Harris and David Quinn and 40 colored photographs in text.

This is a magnificent monograph on a beautiful group of birds.  The production, carried out entirely in England, is excellent.  The 49 accounts of species contain sections on identification, distribution and population, ecology, breeding, taxonomy and conservation.  This is additional to the general introductory sections described above.  The appendix contains extensive body and egg measurements for every species.  The bibliography is unbelievable.  Its 54 pages each contain three columns of references.  The entire text is authoritative with much original information derived from the field observations of the authors themselves.  Kahl was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship that facilitated his research.

The artwork is also outstanding and has been nicely printed.  Each of the artists, Alan Harris and David Quinn, received a “Bird Illustrator of the Year” award from the publication British Birds during the 1980s.


Hancock, James and Elliott, Hugh (illustrated by Gillmor, Robert and Hayman, Peter)

The / herons / of the world  35.0 x 23.0 cm.  Pp. [1-6]7-304.  Original publisher's olive green cloth, gilt lettering on spine; Gray endpapers; Pictorial dust jacket; New York, Harper and Row, (1978). 

1, illustrated half-title; 2, illustration continuous with that on  title page; 3, illustrated title page; 4, "First U. S. Edition"; ISBN 0-06-011759-1; designed, produced and published in the United Kingdom by London Editions Limited; printed and bound by Amilcare Pizzi s.p. a., Italy; maps by Arka Graphics; 5, contents; 7, foreword by Roger Tory Peterson; 8, introduction; 10, acknowledgements; 12, classification; 19, plumages and moult; 22, breeding; 25, feeding; 28, migration and dispersal; 33, conservation; 36, systematic accounts and plates of 61 species; 288, distribution maps; 292, references (more than 1000); 302, index of common and scientific names.  Contains plates I-LXI (two double-page) by Hayman (31) and Gillmor (30), so numbered in contents only, printed in color half-tone with running text on obverse, and included in pagination; 11 uncolored half-tone illustrations by Gillmor in preliminaries and text; five pages of (24) uncolored distribution maps.

This beautiful monograph is the first on the Ardeidae or family of herons and is an altogether splendid production with fine artwork and a comprehensive text.

This work is listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity and Yale.


Hansard, Peter

 The art of / Raymond Ching  35.1 x 26.0 cm.  Pp. [1-8]9-194.  Publisher’s tope buckram, with blind printing on upper cover, gilt lettering on spine. Pictorial dust jacket. Gray green endpapers. New York, Alpine Fine Arts Collection Ltd, 1982. Presented in color pictorial slipcase.

1, Half-title; 2, Blank; 3, blank; 4, colored frontispiece; 5, title; 6, copyright by Ching, 1981; ISBN 0-933516-47-9; 7, contents; 9, list of plates; 11, art of Raymond Ching; 29, selected paintings and drawings; 193, acknowledgments; 194, copyright notice.  Contains full-page uncolored picture of Ching (p. 12), uncolored text figures I-VI and plates 1-93 (not including frontispiece), some colored.  Letter-press for the plates is on the facing page which is usually the verso of the antecedent leaf.

 These pictures, which include preliminary sketches, nudes and portraits, show Ching’s broad skills as an artist.  Only about 20 of them depict birds.  The work was first published in 1981 by Collins in Auckland.

OCLC locates 56 copies.


Harbaugh, H(enry) (1817-1867)

The / birds of the bible  25.6 x 18.2 cm.  Pp.  [A]6B-Z6[$1, 3 signed, 25 letter alphabet omitting only j]; 150 ll.  Pp.  [i-iv]v-xi[xii]13-300(excluding initial and two terminal blank leaves).  Original brown sheep, both covers with embossed design and paneling, gilt title.  Rebacked with original leather lettering piece retained.  Endpapers renewed.  AEG.  Philadelphia, Linday & Blakiston, 1854.  

i, Half-title; ii, blank; iii, title; iv, "entered" statement; v, dedication; vi, blank; vii, preface; ix, contents; xi, illustrations; 13, birds; 17, introduction; 25, birds of the bible; 35, dove; 53, swallow; 67, sparrow; 77, swan; 95, ostrich; 109, peacock; 119, pelican; 129, crane; 139, hawk; 145, partridge; 155, raven; 169, quail ; 175, eagle; 201, owl; 213, stork; 223, cormorant; 229, cuckoo; 241, heron; 247, vulture; 255, kite; 261, lapwing; 265, bittern; 275, ibis; 279, ossifrage and osprey; 283, domestic fowl; 291, bat.  Contains finely illuminated, hand-colored lithographic accessory title page impregnated with liquid gold, and 11 other unnumbered chromolithographic plates by an undesignated artist. Stereotyped by J. Fagan.  Printed by C. Sherman.  Plates printed by T. Sinclair.

Harbaugh was a prolific author on Christian Theology with no background in ornithology.  The work consists of biblical and other literary allusions to various species as well as poems about them and descriptive material from other ancient sources.

The first issue of this book in 1854 contained only 6 colored plates.  The present issue, published the same year, differs only in the inclusion of 6 additional plates.  The plates are amongst the first chromolithographs of birds and were produced by T. Sinclair who also did some of the bird plates for the contemporary Gillis expedition to Chile.  The illuminated accessory title page is amongst the nicest I have seen amongst American books.

This is an uncommon book.  It is present in the libraries of Trinity and the AMNH but absent from the Ayer library and those at BM(NH), Cornell, Harvard, McGill, NYPL, Oxford, and Yale.



Harper, Charles

Charles Harper's / birds & words  15.7 x 25.0 cm (oblong).  Pp. ]1-3]4-151[152]; 76 leaves.  Original gray cloth, white lettering, black decoration on upper cover, white and black lettering on spine.  Pictorial dust jacket.  Louisville, Frame House Gallery, 1974. 

1, Half-title, signed in pencil by author; 3, title; 4, copyright, production data; 5, foreword by John Oney; 9, autobiographical preface; 15, contents; 17, ten western birds; (eleven of) America's vanishing birds; 63, ten southern birds; 85, (ten) American bird architects; 107 (ten) American bird census; 129, ten collector prints; 151, index.  Contains 61 colored plates reproduced from silk screen originals.

Charles Harper is a unique ornithological and zoological artist.  He tells us in the autobiographical introduction that when he saw birds, he "didn't see scapulars, auriculars…" he saw "exciting shapes, color combinations, patterns, textures…".  He describes his art as "minimal realism.  I don't try to put everything in-----I try to leave everything out".  His pictures are curved and straight lines, patterns and aggressively bright colors.  As such, they are the perfect substrate for the silk screen technique that he favors.  He makes no attempt at replication, rather, his portraits are abstract caricatures.  But they are superb, are beautifully reproduced in this book by the Pinaire Lithography Corporation of Louisville, and are complemented by his wryly humorous commentary on the facing page. 

I think that Peterson had a similar notion of "minimal realism" when he did his first guide (as opposed to the later editions) but his essentials were shape, posture and dark-light pattern and he was very concerned with exact replication of these qualities.  Harper's essentials are lines and color patterns and he exaggerates these purposely.  Peterson never considered his first guide as art (although, in my view, it was) and Harper purposely and correctly never considered his pictures as guides for identification.

OCLC locates about 81 copies.



Harper, Charles

Charles Harper’s / birds & words  15.6 x 20.2 cm.   Pp. [1-3]4-152.   Original gray cloth with different black Chickadee designs on upper and lower covers, white printing on upper cover, white and black printing on spine.  Pictorial (Chickadees) dust jacket.  Decorated (Chickadee motif) endpapers.  Louisville, Frame House Gallery, (1974).  Half-title signed in pencil by Harper and with additional signed warm inscription from him in ink.

1, Half-title; 2, blank; 3, title with Chickadee design; 4, lithography by Pinaire Lithographing Corporation, Louisville; binding by Cincinnati Binding Co., Cincinnati;  Library of Congress Number 74 24857; copyright, 1974; 5, dedication; 7, “a unique view of nature” foreword by John Okney, Director, Cincinnati Nature Center; 9, “I just count the ways”, introduction by Harper; 15, contents; 17, ten western birds from the Ford Times, November, 1956; 39, America’s vanishing birds (11) from the Ford Times, November, 1957; 63, ten southern birds from the Ford Times, November, 1958; 85, American bird architects (10) from the Ford Times, November, 1959; 107, American bird census (10) from the Ford Times, November, 1960; 129, ten collector prints from the Frame House Gallery Serigraph Series.  Contains 61 fine color prints depicting 60 species (Cardinal twice), each facing its leaf of letter-press and with letter-press for the next print on its verso.  These are all included in the pagination.  Also contains uncolored Chickadee designs on title page and as end piece.

This is my second copy of this remarkable work..  I’ve read that 1000 copies were printed and all were signed by Harper in pencil on the half-title.  This copy has an additional inscription by him in ink, also on the half-title.  The work is mostly a collection of prints that he originally did for the Ford Times. The color printing for this work is very attractive and probably somewhat mixed.  It is stated that the pictures are “silk screen print designs” and certainly there  are some serigraphic elements.  However, there is an occasional impasto appearance that looks as though it may be some sort of repeated gravure technique.

OCLC locates about 81 copies.


Harriman Alaska Expedition / with cooperation of Washington Academy of Sciences  (Merriam, C.(linton) Hart [1855-1942], editor)

Alaska  Volumes I and II.  25.7 x 17.8 cm.  Original gilt-paneled green cloth with lozenge-shaped gilt walrus design embossed on upper cover, gilt lettering to spine.  Original green linen dust jacket. TEG, others uncut.  New York, Doubleday, Page & Co., 1901.  The two volumes are paged continuously and were intended as a single unit although the entire expedition report comprised 14 volumes.

Volume I / Narrative, Glaciers, Natives / by John Burroughs (1837-1921), John Muir (1838-1915) / and George Bird Grinnell (1849-1938)  No signatures.  Pp. One preliminary leaf, [i-v]vi-xxxvii[xxxviii-xl]1-183[184, tailpiece]; 113 ll. Preliminary leaf recto, half-title; verso, blank; i, title page with title, publisher printed in red; ii, copyright1901 by Edward Harriman; iii, contents for both volumes; iv, blank; v, illustrations for both volumes; xxi, preface by Edward Harriman; xxv, introduction by C. Hart Merriam, editor; xxxiii, members of the expedition; xxxix, poem by Charles Keeler; 1, Narrative of the expedition, by Burroughs; 119, glaciers, by Muir; 137, natives, by Grinnell.

Volume II / History, Geography, Resources / by William H.(ealey) Dall (1845-1921), Charles (Augustus) Keeler (1871-) / Henry Gannett, William H. Brewer, C. Hart Merriam / George Bird Grinnell and M. L. Washburn  Pp. Two preliminary leaves, 185-383(1); 102 ll.  First preliminary leaf recto, half-title; verso blank; second preliminary leaf, recto, title; verso, blank; 185, discovery and exploration of Alaska, by Dall; 205, days among Alaska birds by Keeler; 235, forests, by Bernhard E. Fernow; 257, geography, by Gannett; 279, atmosphere, Brewer; 291, Bogoslof, our newest volcano, by Merriam; 337, the salmon industry, by Grinnell; 357, fox farming, by Washburn; 367, poem by Dall; 371, index.

These two volumes are richly illustrated with images reflecting printing of a high quality.   The pictures are scattered throughout the two volumes and they are not numbered.  All of the plates are printed on one side only, are protected by blank tissue guards, and are not included in the pagination. They include: 14 colored plates of landscapes, most after paintings by Fred S. Dellenbaugh and R. Swan Gifford; 16 colored or tinted plates of birds after Louis Agassiz Fuertes; two colored plates of mammals after Charles Knight; seven colored plates of flowers after Frederick A. Walpole; and 85 uncolored photogravures on 83 leaves, most after photographs by E. S. Curtis (45) and Merriam (20).  There are also three color-printed (chromolithographic and silk-screen [?] maps) by A. Hoen, Baltimore and two other uncolored text maps.  Finally, there are 240 text figures by various members of the expedition.

Everything about this publication carries an aura of excellence including writers such as Burroughs, photographers such as Edward Curtis, artists like Fuertes and Knight, and printers.  In the introduction, Harriman, who supplied the money, suggests that Merriam should get credit for the product and I'm quite certain he is correct.  Merriam held an influential government position within the Department of Agriculture and used it wisely.  Much scholarly research resulting in many fine publications on natural history in this era were sponsored by Merriam, the son of  a congressman and a physician, and the brother of Florence Merriam Bailey.

This entire publication encompassed fourteen volumes, however, the part relevant to ornithology is contained in these two volumes.  Although 600 new species were discovered by the expedition, most were plants, insects and small mammals and none were birds.  The text section on birds by Keeler is a travel narrative with anecdotal comments about the birds. The ornithological value lies in the superb plates done by Fuertes for this, his first major commission.  Fuertes must have been inspired, encouraged and excited to be a participant on this exciting venture.  Robert M. Peck devotes a considerable section  (pp. 99-108) of his biography of Fuertes (A Celebration of Birds, [New York, 1982]) to the expedition and its importance to the artist.  Of the 16 plates by Fuertes, nine were done in color gravure by A. Hoen & Co., Baltimore, five were done in colored collotype by the Heliotype Co., one was a chromolithograph by Taber-Prang Art Co., New York, and one was a chromolithograph by the Grignard Litho. Co., New York.  By examining these pictures, one is able to appreciate the important effect that printing brings to bear on the final image.

I must mention that the photogravures in this work, many by the great photographer of Indians, Edward Curtis, are spectacular.  Indeed, everything about the production is, yet one rarely hears or reads about it.

This work also appeared under the John Murray imprint in London.

It can be difficult to locate this work in a catalog but usually it can be found under Merriam.  It is listed by AMNH, Harvard, Trinity and Yale but not by Cornell.


Harris, Henry E.

Essays and photographs / some birds / of the / Canary Islands and South Africa  22.7 x 15.0 cm.  π81-138142[$1 signed]; 114 ll.  Pp. [i-v]vi-xiv[xv-xvi][1]2-312.  Original blue-black cloth, gilt lettering and floral vignette on upper cover, gilt lettering to spine.  London, R. H. Porter, 1901. 

i, Half-title; ii, blank; iii, title; iv, blank; v, author's preface; ix, contents; xiii, index to plates; xv, blank; xvi, errata; 1, part I, some birds of the Canary Islands; 91, part II, some birds of South Africa; 207, general index including English and scientific bird names.  Contains uncolored text map, uncolored photographic frontispiece reproduced by collotype, and uncolored half-tone photographic plates I-LV (1-55 called for in index) displaying 90 images, printed on one side only, and not included in pagination.  According to the author, the reproduction of the plates was by (John) Bale, Sons and Daniellson.

The author spent six months each traveling in the Canary Islands and South Africa.  This book is a narrative of his travels and (page vii) "…does not claim to be of a scientific nature".  Plates I-XX deal with the Canary Islands, the remainder with South Africa.  Most of the images are of birds.  The author is a witty and entertaining writer but the ornithological value of the book resides in the pictures, which are certainly amongst the first of photographs of birds from these areas.

Wood, p. 377; Zimmer, p. 285.  Also listed by AMNH, Trinity, Yale.  Not listed by Cornell, Harvard.


Harris, Tony (1951) (text), and Graeme Arnott (illustrations)

Shrikes / of Southern Africa / true shrikes, helmet-shrikes / and bush-shrikes, including the batises / and black-throated wattle-eye 30.1 x 23.2 cm.  Pp. [1-8]9-224.  Publisher's red cloth with silver shrike vignette on upper cover, silver lettering to spine.  Gray endpapers.  Pictorial dust jacket.  Promotional brochure laid in loosely.  Housed in publisher's thick card pictorial slip case.  Cape Town, Struik, Winchester, 1988.

1, Half-title with vignette; 2, colored frontispiece; 3, title printed in gray; 4, dedication; copyright 1988; first published 1988; credits: designed by Joanne Simpson; reproduction by Unifoto (Pty) Ltd; printed in Singapore; ISBN 0 947430 08 3 (standard edition); 5, contents; 6, colored plate; 7, foreword by Alan Kemp; 8, colored plate; 9, acknowledgments; 11, artist's notes on illustrations; 12, colored plate; 13, preface; 14, uncolored plate; 15, introduction (biology, classification of shrikes); 23, species accounts, Eurocephalus anguitinmens-Chlorophoneus sulfureopectus, comprising 32 species; 199, bibliography (about 560 entries including repeats [same reference, different specie]); 211, glossary; 215, index of common and scientific names; 219, lists of subscribers (about 850 for standard edition).  Contains: 64 unnumbered colored or partially colored plates printed in half-tone with plate or running text on obverse and included in pagination; eight unnumbered uncolored half-tone plates and 15 unnumbered, uncolored half-tone text illustrations; uncolored distribution map for each species.

Winchester, later Struik, Winchester publishers were responsible for some of the most finely produced trade ornithological books in the 1980s and this one is a good example.  It combines outstanding artistry and very good printing with a comprehensive, well written and informative text.  The text for each species includes the following: an introductory essay which includes the discovery of the species; identification including measurements; habitat and status; behavior, including social, dietary, territorial and courtship; breeding biology; and a summary.  The plates comprise fully finished portraits (35) and field and anatomical sketches and are printed within frames on paper of various lightly tinted colors.

In addition to the unlimited standard edition, there were Sponsors' and Collectors' editions of 26 and 150 copies.

Listed by AMNH, Cornell, Trinity, Yale.  Not listed by Harvard.


Harris, Tony and Franklin, Kim (illustrator)

Shrikes & / bush-shrikes / including wood-shrikes, helmet-shrikes, / flycatcher-shrikes, philentomas, batises  and wattle-eyes  23.4 x 15.6 cm. Pp. [1-8]9-392.  Original publisher’s olive cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Color pictorial dust jacket. London, Christopher Helm, A & C Black, 2000.

1, Half-title and notation “HELM IDENTIFICATION GUIDES;” 2, blank; 3, title; 4, copyright 2000; (ISBN) 0-7136-3861-3; printed in Singapore; 5, contents; 9, preface; 10, acknowledgements; 11, sponsorship; 12, layout and methods; 14, introduction; 55, colored plates and distribution maps; 139, species accounts covering 114 species in 21 genera; 355, references (1086 citations); 379, appendix A: problems of species limits in Laniidae and Malaconotidae; 384, appendix B: comparative characters; 390, index of species (English, generic and specific).

Contains half-tone colored plates 1-41 printed on recto facing explanatory text and distribution maps on the verso of the antecedent colored plate.  Also contains about 27 text line sketches. 

The “Helm Identification  Guides” were taxonomic or geographical ornithological books of which the present taxonomic example was approximately the 20th  to appear.  At least 39 series titles had been published by the end of 2014.

The present work was published simultaneously by Princeton University Press.

 OCLC lists 207 locations.



Harrison, J(ohn) C(yril) (1898-)

Bird Portraits / A book of sketches and paintings / with a commentary by the artist  28.4 x 22,5 cm.  Pp.  [1-8]9-118[119-120]; 60 ll.  Original publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering and game bird design on upper cover.  Front fragment of pictorial dust jacket.  London, Country Life Limited, 1949. 

1, Half-title; 2, colored plate; 3, title; 4, date and printer's designation: Lowe and Brydone Printers Limited; 5, contents; 7, list of watercolour paintings; 9, preface by Seton Gordon; 10, introduction; 13, text.  Contains colored plates 1-16, so numbered only in list of watercolour paintings.  Each save frontispiece facing titular letter-press page, all printed on both sides and included in pagination.  Also contains numerous pencil sketches.

Harrison, like his contemporary, Philip Rickman, was an ornithological artist very much in the tradition of Thorburn and Lodge.  Like these artists, his favorite subjects were raptors and game birds and monographs containing expensively reproduced works of his on each of these groups were published in the 1980s.  The present work is exceedingly attractive and artful.  In the period following the second world war, expenses on British ornithological publications were pared by printing the illustrations on the same, relatively cheap mat paper as the text.  This paper toned slightly with age and fortuitously provided a very attractive substrate for the colored paintings.  This book depicts about 70 species, 15 in the 16 colored plates (the Golden Eagle is represented twice), the remainder in a great many very fine pencil that emphasize shape, posture and activity.  The accompanying text contains unsystematic but entertaining anecdotal field notes.

This book was rather expensive, £3 3s or 50% more than Tunnicliffe's Shorelands Summer Diary which was approximately contemporary and contained the same number of colored plates.

Trinity, p. 112; Yale, p. 124.  Also in online catalogs of AM(NH), LOC, Oxford, NYPL but not those of BM(NH), Cornell, Harvard and the Smithsonian.


Harrison, J(ohn) C(yril) (1898-1985) (text by Evans, David)

The / birds / of / prey / of the British Islands  50.8 x 39.8 cm.  Laid paper.  48 unpaginated leaves including 20 mounted colored plates (37.3 x 28.0 cm) as described below.  Publisher's brown half-morocco with beige buckram sides, gilt lettering to spine.  Endpapers decorated with numerous sketches of birds of prey.  TEG.  Housed within publisher's plain beige buckram slipcase.  Kingston Deverill, Wiltshire, Fine Bird Books, 1980.

Leaf 1: recto, blank save inscription from Evans to Richard L. Soffer dated July 1st, 1984; verso, blank.

Leaf 2; recto, title with sketch of montagu's harrier; verso, limitation statement signed by Harrison, this copy #123 of 275; vignette of harrier.

Leaf 3: recto, foreword by Aylmer Tryon; verso, dedication; vignette of marsh harrier.

Leaf 4: recto, acknowledgements; verso, four sketches of montagu's harrier.

Leaf 5: recto, introduction by David Evans; verso, artist's note with gyrfalcon vignette.

Leaf 6: recto, list of 20 unnumbered plates; verso, blank.

Leaf 7: recto, mounted list of 112 subscribers; three sketches of montagu's harrier; verso, list of books illustrated by Harrison; vignette of white-tailed eagle (not a British bird).

Leaf 8: recto, selected bibliography; verso, copyright; credits: printing by de Lange/van Leer, the Netherlands; binding by Richard Harsher.

Leaves 9-48, 20 unnumbered plates with facing descriptive text.  The plates are printed in color half-tone, perhaps with some gravure, and mounted in sunken panels (39.0 x 29.0 cm) within blue-ruled frames (40.3 x 30.8 cm).  The versos of the leaves containing the plates are blank.

Harrison was perhaps the last of the British artists in the tradition of Thorburn and Lodge and like them preferred birds of prey and game birds as subjects.  No doubt the success and long-standing appeal of Thorburn's Birds of Prey (1919) was influential in leading David Evans, a bookseller, ornithologist and proprietor of Fine Bird Books, to publish this work.  The accompanying text by Evans is much better than one usually finds in a volume intended mainly as a showcase for artwork and describes interesting little-known details of the life histories of the various species.  Harrison was a master of portraying birds in flight and the plates showing harriers quartering meadows are particularly impressive as is the fine streaking merlin.  This book did not sell very well yet the images of these birds of prey seem more accurate and appealing to me than those by Thorburn which I have always felt were a bit stiff.  In fact, Thorburn was loathe to draw flying birds at close range and almost never did so. 

I believe that Evans and Harrison produced a companion volume on game birds but, if so, it is apparently considerably scarcer than this one.

Listed by Cornell, Trinity.  Not listed by AMNH, Harvard, Yale.


Harrison, Thomas P(errin) (1897-) (editor)

John White and Edward Topsell / the first / water colors of / North American / birds  21.5 x 13.8 cm.  Pp. [1-4]5-59(1); Publisher's ivory cloth with cardinal red lettering to spine.  Gray endpapers.  Pictorial dust jacket.  Austin, University of Texas Press, (1964 from LOC catalog number)

1, Half-title; 2, blank; 3, title, partly printed in red and with stencil-colored vignette; 4, printed in England by Balding P& Mansell, Ltd; bound in U.S.A. by Kingsport Press, Inc.; 5, preface; 7, contents; 8, blank; 9, section title leaf: backgraouds;12, Edward Topsell and his work; 16, "The Fowles of Heauen"; 19, John White; 27, names of the birds; 29, the Virginia birds; 31, section title leaf: the bird paintings; 33, explanation of notes; 34-53(1); the pictures and explanations; 55, bibliography (45 entries).  Contains 10 unnumbered colored plates, nine with comparable images from White and Topsell, the other with a grackle by White.  The plates, all included in pagination, are printed in half tone with facing explanation printed on verso of preceding plate save for last, the verso of which is blank.

This interesting book compares colored illustrations by John White (fl. 1585-1593) from the Sloane collection in the British Museum with similar images from a manuscript by Topsell (1572-1625?) in the Huntington Library.  It contains the first published colored images of these historically significant pictures.  Roger Tory Peterson comments (without title page credit) on the comparative merits of the portraits, most or all apparently copied by Topsell from White.  The "editor", Harrison, was a Professor of English with an interest in literary allusions to birds.

Listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity and Yale, all giving year as "[1964]".


Hartert, Ernst (Johann Otto)(1859-1933)

Die Vögel / der paläarktischen Fauna. / Systematische Ubersicht / der / in Europa, Nord-Asien und der Mittelmeerregion / vorkommenden Vögel  Three volumes and first Nachtrag  24.0X 17.3 cm.  Roman type.  Binder’s brown cloth with gilt lettering to spine.  Gray  endpapers. Berlin.  R. Friedländer und Sohn.

(First volume.) 1903-1910.  [I]6II-III8IV4(-IV4)1-78X8-158X216-528[$1, 2 signed]; 443 ll.  Pp.  [I-III]IV-XLIX(1)[1]2-112(2)112-240(2)241-832.  I, Title leaf for Heft I; II, printer designation: Hopfer in Burg, b. M; III, introduction; XIII, contents of first volume; 1, systematic descriptions, 1, Corvus corax corax-1240, Riparia obsoleta obsoleta (X1 and X2 are inserted title leaves for Hefte I and II); 818, alphabetical, specif and generic index of Latin names.  Contains Figur 1-134, uncolored text line drawings, mostly of anatomical parts, a few complete birds signed or initialed (Otto) Kleinschmidt.  Also contains original gray printed wrappers for Hefte I-IV (of six for this volume according to publication schedule presented on page XIII).

Band II.  (so designated on title leaf which lacks a Heft number).  1912-1921.[I]8II453-11081112[$1, 2 signed]; 478 ll.  Pp.  [I-III]IV-XXIV[833]834-1764. I, Title for Band II; II, printer designation: Hopfer in Burg, b. M;  III, contents of Band II; 833, text, 1241, Apus melba melba-2048, Stercorius longicaudas.  Contains text Figur(e) 135-256.  Also contains  original gray printed wrappers for Band II, Hefte 3, 4, 5-6, 7-8 (of 1-8 according to publication schedule on page XXIV.)

Band III.  1921-1922.  [111]6112-14681472[$1, 2 signed]; 288 ll.  Pp.  [I-III]IV-XII[1765]1766-2328. 
I, Title for Band III; II, printer designation: August Hopfer, Burg Bz. Mgdbg; III, note by Hartert dated March 1922; IV, blank; V, contents of Band III; 1765, text, 2049, Alca torda-3198, Numida sabyi; 2007, Ordnung Struthiones (contains two unnumbered forms); 2011, Zusätze und Berichtigungen; 2216, letze Zusätze; 2225, alphabetical index of Latin  specific and generic names for volumes 1-3; Contains Fig. 257-268.; Also contains original gray printed wrappers for Heft XV (Band III, 1) of Hefte 15-19 (Band III, 1-5) according to publication schedule on page XII.
Bound with: Nachtrag I (bis Januar 1923) 1923.π1-5866[$1, 2 signed]; 47 ll.  Pp.  (2)[1]2-92.
Initial unpaginated leaf: recto, title; verso, printer designation: August Hopfner, Burg Bz. Mgdbg; 1-92, various notes.  Printed gray wrapper bound in.

This is the most comprehensive handbook to cover the entire Palearctic region and it is difficult to conceive that it was written by a single individual.  Hartert was hired by Rothschild as his assistant at Tring and as such, played a major role in the Novitates.  He was known as a great systematist and supporter of Darwin’s theory of evolution. 
Two additional supplements were published in 1932 and 1936 and the entire collected work was reprinted in 1969.  The original initial five parts (here present) published before 1910 are uncommon and were reprinted in 1910, in addition to 1969.

Listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity, Yale.



Harting, James Edmund (1841-1928)

Sketches of bird life from twenty years’ observation of their haunts and habits  22.5 x 15.5 cm.  [A]6B-T8U2[$1 signed]; 152 ll.  Pp. [i-ix]x[xi]xii[1]2-292. .  Original publisher’s decorated green cloth.  Top edge gilt.  London, W. H. Allen, 1883.

A1r, Half-title ; A2vfrontispiece; A3r, title ; A4r, preface ; A5r -A5vcontents; A6r -A6v, list of illustrations.  Original publisher’s decorated green cloth.  Top edge gilt.  London, W. H. Allen, 1883.  Includes frontispiece and 32 text wood engravings ten of which are full-page.

Harting was a fluent writer and prolific publisher who held positions as editor of The Zoologist and librarian of the Linnaean Society.  He had a keen eye for artistic talent as it pertained to zoological illustration and would publish works like this one for which he wrote elementary life histories as a vehicle for accompanying illustrations.  The title page notes “with illustrations by Wolf, C. Whymper, Keulemans, and Thorburn” but quite a few of the artful wood engravings are after Leo Paul Robert who called himself Paul Robert and used the initials P. B.  To confuse matters, his son, Paul, was also an ornithological illustrator.  I recognize some of these Robert pictures from an earlier work by Harting and Robert, Glimpses of bird life.  The two pictures by Thorburn, a kestrel and a blue tit, are signed by him and are his first published illustrations, preceding by a few months those in Walter Swaysland’s Familiar wild birds.  The pictures by Whymper are, for the most part, signed with his initials, but those by Wolf and Keulemans are mostly not designated,  Two are obviously by Wolf, “the keeper’s tree” and “woodcock carrying its young”, the latter a very well known work that had particularly impressed Gould early in Wolf’s career.  I believe that five of the full-page pictures depicting short-eared owl, cuckoo, ruff and reeve, teal and curlew, were drawn by Keulemans.   I can discern the signature of Keulemans on one of these, the teal, and also on a smaller text illustration of the golden plover.  The handsome upper cover is embellished by Whymper’s fine picture of a lapwing.

Wood, p. 378.  Not listed in Ayer, Trinity and Yale catalogues.


Harting, James Edmund (1841-1928)

Bibliotheca Accipitraria / A / catalogue of books / ancient and modern / relating to /  falconry / With notes, glossary, and vocabulary  23.4 x 16.0 cm.  [a]8b6(+2= 17/18, 31/32 between b3 and b4)A-S8T2[$1 signed];160+2 ll.  Pp.  [i-iv]v-xxii17/18, 31/32xxiii-xxviii[1]2-289[290](2, advertisements for related Quaritch publications).  Near contemporary quarter red leather, red cloth sides.  Gilt lettering on flat spine.  Uncut, partly unopened.  London, Bernard Quaritch, 1891. 

i, Half-title; ii, blank; iii, title; iv, blank;v, contents; vii, list of illustrations; ix, introduction; 1, catalogue; 217, glossary; 233, polyglot vocabulary; 241, notes to illustrations; 275, index to authors, printers, engravers etc.; 290, printer's designation: Ballantyne, Hanson and Co. London and Edinburgh.  Contains collotype plates 1-26(1 colored) printed on one side only, not included in pagination and enumerated only in the list of illustrations.  Also contains four text wood engravings including title vignette, at least two of which are after G. E. Lodge.

Harting was an extraordinary man, an ornithologist, editor of the Field and of the Zoologist, falconer, and  Assistant Secretary and Librarian at the Linnean  Society library.  He wrote numerous works on natural history, mostly ornithology, and had a remarkable eye for spotting young artistic talent and using it to illustrate his works (for example, Keulemans, Lodge, L. P. Robert, Thorburn.)  The present work is a bibliographic classic and is organized along national lines including works not only from European countries but also those of Arabic, Persian, Chinese and Japanese origin.  There are numerous very scholarly and somewhat pedantic notes and there is even a polyglot vocabulary that provides common technical terms of falconry in seven European languages.

The pictures are mostly portraits of illustrious falconers of the past and various implements with a few falcon scenes reproduced from antecedent books.  The associated historical significance is extensively elaborated in an entire section devoted solely to that purpose.  The colored collotype is designated "W. Griggs, chrom-collotype" but the uncolored plates are not attributed.  

This copy has duplicate leaves of pp. 17/18 and 31/32 that are inserted between pp.  xxii and xxiii.

Wood, p. 378; Yale, p. 335; Zimmer, p. 289, Trinity, on-line catalog.


Harting, James Edmund (Fotheringham) (1841-1928)

The / birds / of / Shakespeare / critically examined, explained, illustrated (from title page) Half-title: The / ornithology / of / Shakespeare.  22.0 x 13.8 cm.  [a]4b-c4B-SS4TT2(-TT2)[$1 signed]; 173 ll.  Pp.  [i-vii]viii-xxii[xxiii](1)[1]2-321(1).  Later binder's plain green cloth with gilt lettering on spine.  London, John Van Voorst, 1871. 

I, Half-title; ii blank; iii, blank; iv, frontispiece portrait; v, title; vi, blank; vii, preface; xviii, blank; xix, contents; xxiii, list of illustrations; 1, introduction; 23, eagle, larger birds of prey; 49, hawks and hawking; 83, the owl; 99, crows and their relations; 123, songbirds; 167, domesticated birds; 209, game birds and quarry; 235, wild-fowl and sea-fowl; 271, other birds; 299, appendix, table of ornithological allusions referenced by plays and poems; 317, index.  Contains engraved frontispiece portrait of Shakespeare with falcon by Wolf, 33, text engravings, many (?20, vide infra) by Keulemans, all engraved on wood by Pearson.

Harding was a prolific scholarly writer on various ornithological subjects but was particularly interested in falconry, ornithological art, and bibliography.  Here, he combines these interests in a highly original manner by examining Shakespeare's allusions to birds.  This book has always been of some general interest and was reprinted in 1965.

In the preface, Harting tells us that he had Joseph Wolf place a hooded falcon on the left hand of Shakespeare using what he, Harting, considered the best authenticated  portrait of Shakespeare, the Chandos portrait.  The resulting frontispiece for this book is memorable.  Harting also writes "as regards the other illustrations, my acknowledgements are due to Mr. J. G. Keulemans for the artistic manner in which he has executed my dsigns…"(pp. xvii). There are 33 of these illustrations and in the list of illustrations Harting attributes them all to Keulemans with the notation, however, that "the tail and head pieces from designs by the author."  There are 18 such tail and head pieces and most of them are outstanding and were clearly conceived and done by Keulemans although Harting may have said "draw a kingfisher and martins in a marshy area", for example.  There are also several pictures of hunting implements clearly not conceived by Keulemans and several images explicitly stated as coming from other sources (eg Aldrovandus) that are attributed to Keulemans who clearly played different roles as an illustrator in this book.  Keulemans and Coldewey attribute 20 of the wood engravings to the artist in their biography (p. 39)  of him, Feathers to Brush (1982).

This quaint work ends with " A table of ornithological allusions in the order in which they occur, the play and poems being alphabetically arranged."

The difference in the title as printed on the title page and half-title has caused some bibliographical confusion.  It is often impled that two versions of the work appeared differing by title only.  The first printing, of which the present copy is an example, contained the half-title "The ornithology of Shakespeare" with the title "The birds of Shakespeare..." This was corrected for the second printing so that both leaves contained "The birds of Shakespeare".

A second edition of the work with commentary was published in 1965.

Wood, p. 378; Zimmer, p. 288.  First  edition (printing not specified) also listed by Cornell, Harvard, Ripley and Scribner, Trinity and AMNH.


Harting, J(ames) E(dmond  Fotheringham) (1841-1928), and L(éo) P(aul) Robert, (1851-1923)

Glimpses of bird life / protrayed with / pen and pencil  41.5 x 30.3 cm.  No signatures.  Pp. [i-iii]iv-v(1) followed by unpaginated text [1-40]; total 23 ll.  Original publisher's decorated brown beveled cloth.  Upper cover with gilt, gilt-roll and black panels framing central gilt design of two Chaffinches identical to title vignette.  Lower cover with blind rule and roll frames. Gilt lettering on upper cover and spine, that on upper cover embellished with three elaborate initial letters.  AEG. Rebacked with original spine laid down.  London, W. Swan Sonnenschein & Allen, 1880. 

i, Title with wood-engraved Chaffinch vignette; ii, contents designating species I-XX without pagination; iii, introduction; [1-40], one leaf each of explanatory text for 20 colored plates.  Contains wood-engraved title vignette, wood-engraved initial letter and tail-piece for introduction and each of 20 species, and 20 unnumbered, mounted chromolithographed plates (21. 2 x 16.3 cm) after Robert by Lemercier et Cie (of Paris).

This book is a showcase for Robert's work, and the first English exposure to this very highly regarded Swiss artist who won a gold medal for pictures of birds at an important International Exposition in Paris in 1878. A series of 60  pictures reproduced by chromolithography had been published with text and text wood engravings by Rambert as Les Oiseaux dans la Nature, 1878-1880.  The same plates were issued with text by von Riesenthal as Gefiederte Freunde, 1880-1883.  For the present work, Harting  managed to expropriate 20 of these chromolithographed plates and 43 text engravings from the original work and has supplied his own text.  Harting was to use some of the text engravings again, this time without attribution, for his Sketches of Bird Life (1883). Subsequent collections of chromolithographs from the original 60 appeared in Sharpe's Birds in Nature (1888) and Trouessart's Les Oiseaux Utiles (1891).  Photomechanically reproduced prints from the original pictures, from modified versions of them, or from additional ones by Robert continued to appear into the 20th century with by far the most important series being Les Oiseaux de Chez Nous (1929-1933), also issued as Unsere Geheimische Vögel

Robert has always been greatly admired by savants and by other ornithological artists.  His pictues show birds in very characteristic and dynamic postures, often in the midst of a highly detailed and appropriate plant background as is the case for most of the 20 common birds (Hoopoe and 19 Passeres) depicted in the present work.  The original 60 plates, of which these 20 are a part, were badly reproduced by Lemercier.  Indeed, the chromolithography is really quite terrible.  Yet even while recognizing this, Ronsil remarks of the pictures in his L'Art Français (p. 87) "Combien plus vivantes sont les 60 belles aquarelles…Nul autre titre ne pouvait mieux leur convenir que celui des Oiseaus dans la Nature…."

This book is rare in the United States.

Wood, p. 378.  Also listed by BM(NH), Oxford.  Unlisted by AMNH, Ucal, Cornell, Harvard, LOC, NYPL, Smithsonian, Trinity, Yale, Zimmer.


Harting, J(ames) E(dmond  Fotheringham) (1841-1928)

A handbook / of / British birds / showing the distribution of the resident / and migratory species in the / British Islands / with / an index to the records of the rarer visitants /// new and revised edition /with thirty-five coloured plates, carefully / reproduced from original drawings / by the late professor Schlegel  22.5 x 14.5 cm.  [a]8b8A-2I82K4[$1 signed]; 276 ll.  Pp.  [i-iv]v-xxxi(1)[1-3]4-520.  Browned green cloth with gilt raptor on upper cover, gilt lettering to spine.  Maroon endpapers.  TEG, others uncut.  London, John C. NImmo, 1901.

i, Half-title; ii, blank; iii, title partly printed in red; iv, printer designation: Ballantyne, Hanson & Co. (Edinburgh & London); v, introduction; 1, part I, British birds, properly so called, Aquila chrysaëtus-Procellaria leachii; 315, part II, rare and accicental visitants, Gyps fulvus-Pelagodroma marina; 495, summary forming a new list of British birds; 509, index of generic and English names; 520, printer designation.  Contains chromolithographed plates 1-35 reproduced from those originally appearing in Hermann Schlegel’s Naturlijke Histoie / van / Nederland. / De Dieren van Nederland. / Gewervelde Dieren (1860)

The first edition of this work was published in 1872 and lacked illustrations.  The present edition is much expanded.  Harting considers about 413 species of which he deems 262 as legitimate resident and migrant British birds, 86 as rare visitors.  The remaining 65 he feels, do not deserve a place on the British list despite reports of their occurrence.

A length measurement and a status summary in Britain with specific references are provided for each species but there are no descriptions nor comments on life history.  In the case of rarer visitants, every record of their appearance is presented with citations.  According to Harting, 3,825 different citations appear in the text.

The plates originally appeared in as hand-colored lithographs in Schlegel’s natural history of the Netherlands in 1860.  That work was reprinted in 1868 and again in 1878 when they were printed as chromolithographs.  The present plates are clearly printed from the same stones.  I’ve compared them with the 1878 chromolithographs and the coloring is a bit duller. They may have been purchased as an unused, unlettered batch from the 1878 edition and then given new printed numbers and captions. 

Zimmer, 289.  This edition listed by AMNH, Harvard, Trinity but not by Cornell, Wood, Yale.



Hartlaub, (Carl Johann) G(ustav) (1814-1900).

Die Vögel / Madagascars / und / der benachbarten Inselgruppen. / Ein Beitrag / zur / Zoologie der äethiopischen Region / / / mit einer kürzlich entdeckten Original-Abbildung der Dronte / von R. Savry.. 23.0 x 14.5 cm.  a-b8c6(-c6)1-268276(-276)[$1, 2 signed]; 234 ll.  Pp.  [I-III]IV-XLII[1]2-425[426].  Binder's green buckram with gilt rules and lettering to spine.  Original tattered blue wrappers retained.  Uncut, unopened.  Halle, H. W. Schmidt, 1877.

I, Title; II, blank; III, (preface); VII, introduction including history, origins of avifauna; XL, literature since 1840; 1, species accounts, Buteo brachypterus -Coturnix sinensis, species 1-295 (285-295 introduced) including Mascarenes, Comores,  Seychelles; 411, island distribution chart; 419, index of generic names; 421, index of specific names; 426, printing errors.  Contains frayed and fragile wood-engraved frontispiece of dodo after "Savry" (Savery).  This example contains a duplicate of the last leaf.

This volume marked the culmination of 16 years of work by Hartlaub on the ornithology of Madagascar, initiated in 1861 by the first relatively comprehensive list of the island's birds.  Interestingly, this highly regarded German ornithologist who was a major figure in African ornithology, apparently never visited Madagascar and his research was all based on specimens and information obtained from others.  Madagascar was an area of great ornithological interest in the late 1860s and 1870s (actually, it still is and always will be) and two other significant works were published more or less contemporaneously.  One was by Schlegel, Pollens and Van Dam, the other, and still by far the most important and magnificent, by Milne-Edwards and Grandidier.  The present work covers synonymy, diagnosis, description, status and location of specimens for the nearly 300 species that were recorded for Madagascar and the islands of the Indian Ocean.  It lacks the field notes and illustrations that are particular assets of the other two works.

Wood, p. 338; Zimmer, p. 291.  Listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity, Yale.


Hartlaub, G (Carl Johann Gustav [1814-1900])

A Sammelband of extracts that appeared in the Proc. Zool. Soc. 22.2 x 15.5 cm.  Late 20th century half-buckram and marbled boards.  London, 1865-1867.


2. Descriptions of seven new species of birds discovered / by Amr. J. J. Monteiro in the province of Benguela / Angola, West Africa  Jan. 24, 1865, pp. 86-88.  Contains plates IV, V, VI, hand-colored lithographs by and after J. Wolf, printed by M. & N. Hanhart.  The plates include two hornbills and a bustard.


9.      On a new species of francolin discovered by Messrs. / Speke and Grant in Central

Africa  Nov. 14, 1865, pp. 665-667.  Contains plate XXXIX, a hand-colored lithograph by and after J. Jennens, printed by the Hanharts and depicting two francolins.


5.      Synopsis of the Genus Cursorius  Jan. 23, 1866, pp. 61-61.  Contains plate VI, a

hand-colored lithograph by and after J. Smit, printed by the Hanharts and depicting a courser.


5.      On a new species of the Genus Crateropus  Nov. 22, 1866, pp. 435-436.  Contains

plate XXXVII, a hand-colored lithograph by and after J. Smit, printed by the Hanharts and depicting a babbler.


Communication (letter) Nov. 14, 1867, pp. 821-823.  Airs disagreement with Schlegel concerning several African birds and one from Madagascar.

1.      Report on a collection of birds formed in the Island of / Zanzibar by Dr. John Kirk

Nov. 14, 1867, pp. 823-828.

2.      On a collection of birds from some less-known Localities / in the western Pacific

Nov. 14, 1867, pp. 828-832.  Contains plate XXXVIII, a chromolithograph by J. Smit after O. Finsch, printed by the Hanharts and depicting Monarcha godeffroyi, a new monarch (?flycatcher) discovered by a collector for J. C. Godeffroy of Hamburg.

Hartlaub was a highly regarded German ornithologist who made original contributions to the ornithology of Madagascar, Africa and some western South Pacific islands.  The present articles are bound in an order different from that I have used in describing them.


Harvey, (Norman) Bruce (1931-)

A / portfolio of / New Zealand birds  35.5 x 27.8 cm.  Pp.  [1-6]7-60[61-64].  Publisher's beige cloth, black lettering on spine.  Brown endpapers of simulated laid paper.  Pictorial dust jacket with original price of $17.50 printed on upper wrapper flap.  Rutland, Vermont, Tokyo, Japan, (1971, copyright 1970).

1, Half-title; 2, uncolored frontispiece; 3, title; 4, copyright 1970 by N. B. Harvey; "First Tuttle edition published 1971"; published by special arrangement with A. H. & A. W. Reed, Wellington and Sydney; ISBN 0-8048-0666-7; "printed in Japan"; 5, contents and plates; 6, uncolored figure; 7, foreword by G. R. Williams; 8, uncolored figure; 9, acknowledgements; 10, blank; 11, the plates; 61-62, blank; 63, uncolored figure; 64, Japanese-style red stamp designating (?) Tuttle.  Contains plates 1-25, so designated in contents and facing text pages, not on plates, printed recto only in color half-tone and not included in pagination.  Each plate has facing page with text and uncolored half-tone vignette and blank obverse (recto).

Tuttle and Reed issued this work to showcase the paintings of Harvey three years after they had successfully published a book of similar style and format that exhibited the ornithological art of William Cooper for the first time. 

The 1970 copyright suggests that copies of the present book with the Reed imprint may have been distributed in New Zealand and Australia during 1970.

This work listed by AMNH, Cornell, Trinity.  Not listed by Harvard, Yale.


Hatch, P(hilo). L.  (Nachtrieb, Henry F. [1859-1942])

Specific title: The geological and natural history survey of / Minnesota / Notes on the birds of Minnesota, / with / specific characters.  Survey title: The geological and natural history of / Minnesota / first report / of the / state zoölogist / accompanied with / notes on the birds of Minnesota, / by Dr. P. L. Hatch / Henry F. Nachtrieb, state zoölogist / June 1892 24.2 x 16.2 cm.  [1z]82z-31z8X[$1 signed]; 249 ll.  Pp.  [1-3]4-9(1)[12-42]52-487(1).  Binder's red cloth with gilt lettering to spine.  Original printed blue upper wrapper retained.  TEG. Mineapolis / Harrison & Smith, Printers / 1892 (from survey title page).

1, Survey title page; 2, letter of transmittal by Nachtrieb; 3-9(1), general introduction to the geological and natural history survey by Nachtrieb; 12, specific volume title page; 22, prefatory statement by Nachtrieb; 32, preface by Hatch dated August 16, 1892; 42, species accounts, Aechmophorus occidentalis-Sialia mexicana, comprising approximately 350 species; 450, a list of the principal popular synonyms of the birds of Minnesota by Henry F. Nachtrieb; 465, principal errata; note by Nachtrieb; 467, index of English and generic names prepared by the State Zoölogist.  Notice slip pasted to inside of upper wrapper.

The work was apparently commissioned and started many years earlier and met numerous unspecified obstacles.  The accounts are written with much obvious personal first-hand experience.  For each species, they begin with a general essay that describes the status, local distribution with dates of arrival, departure and breeding, and life history.  Descriptions of eggs, nests and dietary habits are often included. The essay is followed by a section called "specific characters" that comprises a careful description with length measurements and a statement of global distribution.  There is no bibliography.

Wood, p. 380; Zimmer, 452(under Nachtrieb).  Also listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity, Yale.


Haverschmidt, F(rançois) (illustrated by Barruel, Paul [1901-1982])

Birds of / Surinam  27.0 x 19.1 cm.  [A]8B-2F82G8(-2G8)[$1 signed]; 239 ll.  Pp.  [i-vi[vii-xxix[xxx-xxxi](1) Later quarter red morocco and marbled boards by Starr Bookworks.  Spine with five blind-ruled raised bands, gilt lettering in second and fourth compartments, blind floral tool in all.  Edinburgh and London, Oliver & Boyd, 1968.  First edition. 

i, Half-title with ornithological vignette; ii, blank; iii, title with ornithological vignette; iv, "first published in 1968"; copyright; printer designation: T. & A. Constable, Printers to the University of Edinburgh; v, dedication; vii, preface; ix, contents; xii, blank; xiii, list of illustrations; xv, introduction including historical section; 1, systematic accounts, Tinamidae-Fringillidae, comprising species 1-600; 423, addenda; 425, annotated bibliography including 104 citations to the author; 430, index of English names; 437, index of scientific names.  Contains: folding black and white map at rear with areas demarcated by (hand-colored?) red dashed line; plates1-40 printed on one side only in color half-tone; facing identifying letter-press is on text sheet and included in pagination; uncolored half-tone photographic plates I-XXX printed on both sides of 16 leaves comprising two titular pages and 45 images; two vignettes and unnumbered, uncolored text illustrations of 149 species.  Both colored and uncolored plates are excluded from pagination.

This is an extremely important work because it was the first trade handbook  in which all species of a South American nation were well illustrated.  The 40 colored plates each display 8-13 species and the remainder are depicted in text line drawings.  The images are well drawn and printed, and the text is authoritative supplying, at the very least, a description of the bird and its soft parts, measurements, status and overall distribution.  Where possible, information on habits, food and nesting is also presented.

The result of such an excellent book being available was that ornithological tourists like myself were quick to visit this area.  This was the era of emerging ecotourism and the present book was the original one to promote it in South America. The book was reprinted in 1971 and there was an expanded edition in 1994.

François Haverschmidt was the Dutch governor of Surinam when it was still a colony.  Paul Barruel, a highly skilled French ornithological artist, managed to produce these very good images without any exposure to the living birds in the wild.

Listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity and Yale.




Haverschmidt, François (1901-1982)., Mees, G.(erlof) F.(fokko)(1926-) (illustrated by Barruel, Paul [1901-1982], van Noortwijk, Inge)


 Birds / of Suriname  29.7 x  20.9 cm.  Pp. [1-4]5-584.  Original publisher’s green faux leather with gilt lettering on upper cover and spine.  Decorated endpapers containing bird silhouettes.  Color pictorial dust jacket. Paramaribo, Vaco N. V. Uitgeversmaatschappij, 1995.


 1, Half-title; 2, blank; 3, title; 4, ISBN 99914-0-029-X; book production: vaco press n. v., grafische industrie;  5, contents; 7, preface; 9, editorial; acknowledgements; 15, introduction including topography; climate; population; ornithological research in Suriname; review of the avifauna; list of migrants; nomenclature; local bird names; nature conservation and management; 47, systematic text, Tinamus major-Cyanocorax cayanus(668 species);  545, annotated bibliography (close to 35 references); 561, index of English bird names; 566, index of local bird names; 569, index of French bird names; 574, index of scientific (generic) bird names; 579-580, two numbered leaves that are otherwise blank. Contains an unnumbered, unpaginated colored frontispiece printed only on recto and colored plates 1-45 included in pagination and so numbered on facing letter-press with continuous text printing on verso.  Identifying outline letter presses are bound opposite the appropriate plates and continuous text is printed on their rectos


Plates 1-45 depict species numbered 1-443.  Barruel was responsible for 40 of the plates and van Noortwijk prepared six , including the frontispiece, especially for this edition.  The preliminaries contain 10 unnumbered color half-tone photographs and 14 uncolored text figures.  The systematic text contains approximately 135 unnumbered line sketches and about 75 small uncolored photographs. 


 A folding colored sketch map of Suriname is bound at the end of the volume.


 The initial edition (1968) was amongst the very first comprehensive and well illustrated trade volumes dealing with a neotropical avifauna and intended for popular readership.  The present handsome work expands on the original based on extensive new information that was acquired in the quarter century between the two editions.  It is a beautifully printed volume.  Inga van Noortwijk contributed six new colored plates and touched up some of Paul Barruel’s original figures and the artwork is very good.  The text for each species provides a description and information on occurrence and status in Suriname, on nesting and eggs in Suriname, and on the extended range.





Heilmann, Gerhard (B.) (1859-), and A(vner) L(udvig) V(aldimar) Manniche,  (1867-).

Danmarks fugleliv  Three volumes  28.9 x 22.5 cm.  Publisher's half-brown morocco and marbled boards.  Spine with four gilt-raised bands, gilt lettering and enumeration in second and fourth compartments, blind design in others.  Marbled endpapers.  København, Hage & Clausen.


Forste Bind / Indleding. Dykkere. Stormmfugle. Storkfugle. / Andefugle. Rovfugle.  1928. [1]82-198204[$1, 2 signed]; 160 ll.  Pp. (8)[1-3]4-312.  π1r, Half-title; π1v, blank; π2r, title, printed in red; π2v, copyright; credits: plates reproduced by Charles Hansen and printed by Oscar Fraenckel; π3r-π3v, foreword; π4r-π4v, contents; 1, introduction (biology of birds) by Heilmann; 81-312, systematic accounts, Podiceps minor-Falco vespertinus, comprising about 93 species.  Contains plates 1-36 (26 colored) after Heilmann, depicting all described species, printed in half-tone on one side only and not included in pagination.  Also contains uncolored text figures 1-155 comprising four maps and a few half-tone photographs, else half-tone illustrations by Heilmann.


Andet Bind / Hønsfugle.  Tranefugle. Spovfugle. Gøgefugle. / Skrigfugle  1929.  π31-198202(-202)218; 164 ll.  Pp. (6)[1-3]4-322.  π1r, Half-title; π1v, blank; π2r, title; π2v, copyright; credits; π3r-π3v, contents; 1-322, systematic accounts, Perdix cinerea-Jynx torquila, comprising about 119 species.  Contains plates 37-70 (24 colored, of the uncolored, two photographic), text figures 156-303 including illustrations by Heilmann and photographs.

Tredie Bind / Spurfugle  1930  π31-168172(-172)188(+1); 141 ll.  Pp.  (6)[1-3]4-244[245-276].  π1r, Half-title; π1v, blank; π2r, title; π2v, copyright; credits; π3r-π3v, contents; 1-244, systematic accounts, Garrulus glandarius-Emberiza lapponica, comprising about 112 forms; 245, section title leaf for indexes; 247, plate index 149, text figure index; 254, concordance of scientific names with those in previous Danish works; 261, index of scientific and Danish names for all three volumes.  Contains plates 71-92 (21 colored) and text figures 309-458.

This beautiful Danish ornithology was published in 40 parts from October 1926 to December, 1930.  The artwork is by Gerhard Heilmann who also did many of the paintings in Schiøler's fine, but unfinisned, Danmarks fugle (1925-1931).  The text illustrations, in particular, indicate that Heilmann was much influenced by his contemporary, Bruno Liljefors, although this is less apparent in the plates which each portray several species in a typical landscape.

Anker, No. 201.  Also listed by Trinity , Yale.  AMNH lists a 1939 edition published by Gylendal.  Not listed by Cornell, Harvard.


Heinroth, Katharina, and Joachim Steinbacher.

Mitteleuropäische Vogelwelt  24 x 17 cm.  This is a suite containing 238 of 272 colored plates on card of European birds with text on the versos.  The lacking 34 plates in this set are #s 1, 6, 8-12, 14, 31-32, 51, 55-57, 60, 81, 101, 106-107, 111, 120-122, 125-127, 135, 153, 158-159, 175, 205, 207, 270.  The plates are printed in six-color offset and range from good to excellent.  Their signatures are either illegible or lacking but, according to Nissen, the artists were Grossmann; Kutzner; Murr; Neumann; Schilke and Strege.  The accompanying text, equivalent to that of a handbook,  is comprehensive and authoritative.  There are three accompanying pamphlets.  The first, dated 1952, contains eight leaves comprising a forward and a register of 136 plates that includes the plate number, order, family, subfamily and species name in both German and Latin.  The second, also dated 1952 contains six leaves that comprise the register for plates 137-272.  The third is dated 1955 and contains eight leaves that comprise alphabetical listings of species in German and Latin.  The pamphlets tell us that the work was originally envisioned to be published in parts containing 24 plates at quarterly intervals.  The work was part of the “Sammlung Naturkundlicher Tafeln” series issued by Erich Cramer, Kronen-Verlag, Frankfurt am Main.  The printing and reproduction of the plates was done by Druckhaus Tempelhof, Berlin.  The work was “mit Unterstützung der Senckenbergischen Naturforschenden Gesellschaft”.  The contents are enclosed in two folding green linen book boxes with the title on the spine.

I have the French version, edited by Jean Dorst, of a similar work by Heinroth and Steinbacher originally entitled Mitteleuropäische Vögel that was published about 1960.  Erich Cramer and Kronen-Verlag are described as being from Hamburg in that work and the printing was done by Gerhard Stalling, Oldenburg.  The later version is printed with superior technique on higher quality paper.  My set is complete and contains 208 plates, most by F. Murr and L. Binder.  Of the 238 plates in my early set, only twelve, mostly by Murr, are present in the second set which is, thus, an almost entirely new suite.  I consider this later suite among the finest European ornithological iconographies of the twentieth century.  The present earlier collection was probably an important step in arriving at such a fine final product.  The later suite is not yet recorded in a published bibliography.

Nissen, 427; Yale, p. 129.


Heinroth, Katharina, and  Joachim Steinbacher (adaptation française, Marthaler, M., Dorst, Jean).

Oiseaux  26.9 x 19.1 cm.  Pp.  [1-2]3-20.  Original printed gray card covers.  Housed with plates in publisher's blue cloth solander box with gilt lettering on upper cover and spine.  Paris, Societe (sic) Française du Livre, ND (German original published 1962). 

1, Title; 2, collection de documents d'histoire naturelle; copyright Kronen Verlag; credits: production, Erich Kramer; impression: Gerhard Stalling, A. G. Oldenburg; 3, préface by Dorst; 5, systematic index of plates 1-208; 16, alphabetical index of French names; 18, alphabetical index of Latin names.  Contains loose plates 1-208, so numbered on verso with text, printed in multicolor half-tone on card.  Artists: F. Murr (119); L. Binder (52); R. Scholz (19); R. A. Vowles (6); F. Bauerly (4); W. Eigener (4); J. Strege (4);

This is a very finely drawn and printed suite of ornithological prints that was originally (1962)published in Hamburg as Mitteleuropäische Vögel.  The verso of each plate contains a text comprising: classification; distribution; distinctive field marks including measurements; habitat; nesting; migration; and longevity.  Franz Murr, the major artist for this work, was a great favorite of Nissen who considered (p. 73) that he might be the new Naumann, probably the biggest accolade that Nissen could award.  Nissen's book, Die illustrierten Vogelbücher (1953), is embellished with line sketches by Murr.

This set is part of a series that was produced by Erich Kramer in Germany  as part of a "Sammlung naturkundlicher Tafeln" and adapted into a French Collection de documents d' histoire natrurelle.  Heinroth, Steinbacher and Erich Kramer had previously (1952-1955) issued a suite of 272  ornithological plates entitled Mitteleuropäische Vogelwelt.  That work was in the same general format as this one but was produced by a different printer on smaller paper.  Amongst the artists, only Murr participated in both sets and he contributed only a few plates to the first so there is almost no overlap between the two.

This beautiful set is not listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity, Yale.


Heinzel, Hermann (illustrator) (text by Richard Fitter; maps by John Parslow)

The / birds / of Britain and Europe / with North Africa and the Middle East  19.0 x 11.5 cm.  Pp.  [1-2]3-320 (16).  Original publisher's green cloth with gilt lettering to spine.  Pictorial dust jacket with original price of $7.50 on upper flap.  Philadelphia and New York, J. B. Lippincott Company, 1972. 

1, Title; 2, ISBN 0-397-00903-8; "First published in 1972 in the United States of America by J. B. Lippincott Company"; copyright 1972; manufactured in England and Denmark; 3, contents with small colored representative birds of each family; 6, introduction; 20, systematic accounts, Gavia immer-Corvus monedula, comrising around 1000 species; 312, list of accidentals; 313, index of English names; 317, scientific names; final unpaginated eight leaves, maps 1-24 of bird distribution in the British Isles.  Contains approximately 156 color half-tone plates, most with facing text from obverse of antecedent plate, a few with text and illustrations together, all included in pagination.  Also contains numerous unnumbered colored figures in preliminaries and text as well as colored distribution map for every species and an additional 240 maps showing distribution in the British Isles.

The jacket describes this book as "the most complete pocket guide to the birds of the whole European region ever published" and I can't imagine one with more colored figures.  The scanty text gives size and points of identification that can be visual, vocal, or behavioral for each species.  No space or word is superfluous in this very busy book.

The work has been issued in many "editions" with minor revisions but was extensively revised for a "completely new edition" in 1995.

This original edition listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity, Yale.

Hellmayr, C.(arl or harles). E.(duard)(1878-1944)

A contribution to the ornithology of / western Colombia  22.1 x 15.6 cm. )[73]8(-731-3)74-808814822(-822)[$1, 2 signed]66 ll.  Pp. (1, blank)1084-1213; ([1, blank]2-131).  Original publisher’s printed blue wrappers.  The Zoological Society, London, published December, 1911.  (From the Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, LXXXII, 1911).

1084, introduction: 1085, account of Mr. Palmer’s localities; 1086, account of species, Turdus tristis-Carbo vigua, comprising 200 species; 1210, conclusions.

This is an offprint with its own, as well as separate, pagination and with the publisher’s original wrapper.

The article is important because it is probably the first to emphasize the relatively high degree of endemism in the Choco district of Colombia.  Hellmayr was the Curator of Birds at the Munich Zoological Museum.  Here, he examines a collection of 700 specimens  comprising 200 species made in 1908-09 by Mervyn G. Palmer.  Several new ones are described but he had first announced them in the ornithological “quickies” of the time, the Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club and the Revue Française d’ Ornithologie.  The Choco district of Colombia (southwest) abuts the Esmeraldas district of Ecuador which shares some of the Choco endemics.

The synonymy of each species is given together with its sex, measurements, and the location where it was collected.  Where indicated, a careful physical description is provided with a comparison to related relevant forms.

OCLC mentions only a single location for this article although the journal was an important one and must be present in important zoology libraries.

Hellmayr, C(arl) E(duard) (1878-1944)

Die Avifauna / Von Timor  Lieferung I in Haniel, C(urt) B., Zoologie von Timor / Ergebnisse der Unter Leitung von Joh. Wanner im Jahre 1911 / Ausgeführten Timor-Expediton   30.0 x 23.5 cm.  π41-78χ[$1, 2 signed]; 61 ll.  Pp. (2, blank)[I-V]VI[1]2-112 (2, explanation of plate).  Original gray printed wrappers, uncut, unopened.  Stuttgart, Im Kommisionsverlag der E. Schweizerbartschen Verlags-Buchhandlung, Nägele und Dr. Sproesser in Stuttgart, 1914. 

π1r-π1v, blank; I, blank; II, volume title; III, Lieferung (part) title; IV, printer designation ( Buchdruckerei von Gustav Schade); V, forword; 1, introduction; 2, ornithological investigations in Timor; 5, route and history of the expedition; 6, relationship of avifauna to those of neighboring islands; 10, systematic list; 110, appendix.  Contains one chromolithograph (Tafel I) after Grönvold by Werner & Winter of Frankfurt am Main with facing unpaginated sheet (X) of identifying letter-press.

Hellmayr, a member of the distinguished group of early 20th century German ornithologists that included Hartert, Stresemann and Ernst Mayr, describes, in this work, a collection of birds collected by Haniel on the Wanner expedition to Timor.  He completes a list of Timorese species by adding some from other collections including those of Everett, Kuhn, Wallace and the Baudin expedition which he examined in  Tring and at the British and French Museums.  In total, descriptive information is given for 140 species.  Several doubtfully occurring species are mentioned in the appendix.

Timor is a westerly member of the Lesser Sunda Islands.  The endemic species and geographical forms on these islands are of interest because the islands form a bridge between the Oriental and Australasian avifaunas.  The careful comparison and description of specimens of various species from the different islands has always preoccupied ornithologists and this work is a classic, in that regard, for the island of Timor.  Hellmayr published a supplement in Novitates Zoologica 23, 96-111(1916)

Wood, p. 376; Zimmer, p. 284 (both under Haniel).  Not listed by Trinity or Yale.


Helms, O(tto) (1866-1942) (illustrated by Ingeborg Frederiksen)

Danske fugle  Three volumes  29.7 x 19.7 cm.  København (Copenhagen), G. W. C. Gads Forlag

First volume.  Ved hus og i have  [1]82-78X[$1 signed]; 57 ll.  Pp.  [1-9]10-109(1)[111-114].  Gray-brown printed boards with design of blue tit on upper cover, wren on lower. Gray endpapers. 1932(1924, 1924).  1-2, blank; 3, half-title; 4, color plates printed by Egmont H. Petersen's etablissement; 5, title with vignette; 6, tredie oplag (third edition, first two in 1924); 7, contents; 8, blank; 9, species accounts, Strix aluco-Cannabina linaria, comprising about 53 species; 91-109(1), attracting and protecting birds around the home and garden; 111-112, section title leaf for plates; 113, index of Danish and Latin names.  Contains colored plates 1-14, printed in half-tone on one side only, bound before index and not included in pagination.  Also contains 43 uncolored illustrations, most half-tone photographs of nests but some line vignettes, head and tail pieces, photographs and line drawings of paraphernalia for attracting birds.

Second volume.  Ved stranden   [1-2]43-124132χ; 51 ll.  Pp.  [1-9]10-97(1)[99-101](1).  Gray-brown printed boards with design of oystercatcher on upper cover, beach plant on lower.  White endpapers. 1927.  1-2, blank; 3, half-title; 4, plate printer designation; 5, title; 6, blank; 7, contents; 8, blank; 9, introduction; 11 species accounts, Cygnus musicus-Alca torda, comprising 43 species; 91, protection of shorebirds; 99-100, section title leaf for plates; 101, index of names.  Contains colored plates 1-16 displaying 43 species, 53 uncolored illustrations.

Third volume.  I skov, mark of mose  [1-2]43-134144(-144)X4; 59 ll.  Pp. [1-11]12-107(1)[109-117](1).  Tan boards (? Browned from gray) with design of skylark on upper cover, plant on lower.  Olive endpapers.  1930.  1-2, blank; 3, half-title; 4, plate printer designation; 5, title; 6, blank; 7, contents; 9, introduction; 10, blank; 11, species accounts, Anas bosca-Emberiza nivalis, comprising 52 species; 109-110, section title leaf for plates; 111, index of names; 113, index of Danish and Latin names for all three volumes.  Contains colored plates 1-16 displaying 52 species and 54 text illustrations.

A popular work on Denmark's commoner nesting birds. 

Anker, numbers 203-205; AMNH lists three-volume printing of 1941-1944; Cornell and Harvard list second volume only.  Not listed by Trinity and Yale.


Hemmingsen, Axel M. (1900-)

Observations on birds / in north eastern China / especially the migration / at Pei-Tai-Ho Beach  Two Parts commercially bound with additional material into one volume.  24.5 x 16.8 cm.  Original green cloth and yellow dust jacket with green lettering. 

I. General Part  [1]82-1482[$1,2 signed]; 114 ll.  Pp. [1-5]6-7[8-9]10-227[228].  Spolia Zoologica Musei Hauniensis XI, Copenhagen, Munksgaard, 1951.  1, General museum publication designation; 3, part title; 5, contents; 9, introduction; 17, abbreviations; 24, text; 210, bibliography; 221, index of Latin bird names.  Contains text figures 1-51 including uncolored photographs and charts. 

II. Special Part  With J. A. Guildal.  No signatures.  Pp. [1-4](2, dedication)[5]6[7]8-326.  Spolia Zoologica Musei Hauniensis 28, Copenhagen, Munksgard, 1968.  1, Museum publication designation; 3, title; 5, contents; 7, preface; 9, introductory remarks; 12, explanatory remarks; 17, abbreviations; 23, text; 315, bibliography; 319, index to Latin names; 323, index to English names.  Contains figures 1-30 (uncolored photographs). 

Original brown printed wrappers for each part bound at rear of volume.  Later additions made at time of binding: three preliminary leaves including title leaf encompassing both parts and designated “SALES AGENTS FOR THE FAR EAST/ VETCH AND LEE LIMITED . HONG KONG”; foreword by Hugh W. Hubbard dated “Hong Kong, April 1969” and “specially written for this Hongkong (sic!)-bound volume”; addenda and errata; and two bird migration maps.  Laid in loosely between the lower cover dust jacket and its transparent protective cover is  a loose leaf printed on one side only and entitled Supplementary Additions and Corrections.  Surplus duplicate stamp of Library of Congress on supplementary loose leaf and on title page of Part I. 

Hemmingsen, a Dane, was marooned in Peking and nearby northeastern China during the Japanese invasion.  He maintained his sanity by carrying out painstakingly exhaustive ornithological studies, particularly in the area of Pai-Tai-Ho beach, now known as Beidaihe and an important site of ornithological tourism, in large part because of his efforts.  The manuscript was finished in 1951 but funds were available only for publication of the “General Part” in which he used his results to draw interesting general conclusions about the relationship of many variables (e. g. ambient temperatures, sizes of various species) on migration.  During the ensuing 17 years, Guildal edited and helped prune the “Special Part” which contains extensive individual accounts for every species reported for the northeastern part of China, most, but not all of which, were studied by Hemmingsen.

The Trinity catalogue mistakenly calls this a “reprint”.  I am quite certain, based on the presence of the wrappers and the different paper used for the parts as opposed to the later added material, that Vetch and Lee in 1969 bound the individual parts which had been issued respectively in 1951 and 1968.

This is an important piece of scholarly research.  The publication is uncommon.

Trinity, p. 117.


Hennicke, Carl R(ichard) (1865-1941).

Die / Raubvögel Mitteleuropas  21.2 x 14.7 cm.  π41-148154(-154)[$1, 2 signed]; 119 ll.  Pp.  [I-V]V-VIII[1]2-230.  Contemporary half red morocco, marbled boards by U. Holzer, Boston.  Spine with four blind-ruled raised bands, gilt printing in second, fourth, fifth compartments.  Matching marbled endpapers.  Lithographed and printed gray wrappers for parts 1-8 ( of nine, 2/3, 7/8 as one).  Signature of Harold Bowditch dated Bremen, 1904, on flyleaf.  Bowditch bookplate on front paste-down.  Halle a. S., Hermann Gesenius, 1904.

I, blank: II, uncolored text frontispiece (reproduced wood-engraving); III, title; IV, statement of rights; V, foreword by Eugen Köhler, dated May, 1903; VII, contents; 1, introduction; 4, Familie: Eulen; 59, Familie: Falken; 202, Familie: Geier.  Contains lithographed plates 1-61 by Lithographie, Druck und Verlag Eugen Köhler, Gera-Untermhaus of which 53 colored by chromolithography after J. G. Keulemans (28); Otto Kleinschmidt (8); A. Goering (7); E. de Maes (6); J. Rhamm (2); S. Nécsey (1); and copied from J. F. Naumann (1); eight uncolored of talons, unattributed.  Also contains approximately 20 unnumbered text illustrations of which four, including frontispiece, full-page.

Hennicke adapted this volume from volume V of the Centennial edition of Naumann's Naturgeschichte der Vögel Mitteleuropas (1896-1905) of which he had been the general editior.  Most of volume V, in addition to Naumann's original text, had been written by Otto von Riesenthal who died during its preparation and Hennicke had edited Riesenthal's manuscript which was intended to update Naumann's text.  For the present work, Hennicke has integrated, rewritten and condensed the entire text from the Centennial edition volume.  All of the illustrative material here is also taken from that work.  According to Köhler, whose firm was, I believe, associated with  "Hermann Gesenius" and the actual publisher, the work was intended to present the fine pictures and an authoritative text at a cheap price (50 Pfennigs per part).

I am confused about the date of 1904 on the title page.  The wrappers and the foreword indicate a publication date of May, 1903 and I have seen references citing 1903 as the date of publication.  Yet later issues usually have a copy number designation (for example, 5-10 tausend) which this copy lacks.  Indeed, it gives every indication of being the original edition including the manuscript date of acquisition and especially the presence of the wrappers which are rare and would only be expected for the original printing.  Judging from the citations below, many copies are undated on the title page and perhaps bibliographers are inferring the date 1903.  I believe that 1904 is the earliest date actually printed on the title page.

Anker, #206.  Also listed by AMNH (as 1904 and [1903]); Cornell as (1905); Trinity as (1905) and Yale as (1905).


Henry, George M. (1891-?) (Wait, Walter E. [1878-?])

Coloured plates / of the / birds of Ceylon / by / G. M. Henry / with a short description of each bird / by W. E. Wait, M. A., .....etc.  32.0 x 25.5 cm.  Unpaginated.  Four parts (I-IV), each containing a contents leaf, and 16 colored plates with accompanying leaves of text.  Parts II-IV contain title leaves whereas in the case of Part I, the upper wrapper for part III has been substituted for a title leaf.  A Binder’s Note has been inserted in Part IV.  This note refers to a preface in Part I by Dr. Pearson.  Such a preface is not present in this copy.  Later linen-backed boards.  Colombo, the Government of Ceylon, 1927, 1928. 1930 and 1935.

I believe that these paintings were originally suggested and perhaps commissioned by Casey Wood who lists the original paintings (p. 503) but not the book, some of which appeared too late for the McGill catalogue.  The color printing of the plates for Parts I-III was done in London by Vitty & Seaborne Ltd.  That for Part IV was done by John Bale Sons & Danielsson of London and is far superior.  The text for Parts I-III was printed in London by Taylor & Francis whereas that for Part IV was done in Colombo.

The notes by Wait, though brief, are interesting for their dogmatism.  He gives the vernacular name, a reference to his own Manual of the Birds of Ceylon (1925), distribution (most are endemic or found only in Ceylon and India), habits and  measurements.  He then finishes with a harsh critique of the picture of that species (if there was one) done by Keulemans for Legge’s great work on the Birds of Ceylon. 

These are fine bird portraits although the reproduction for Parts I-III is quite ordinary.  The work is rather uncommon, particularly with all 64 plates.  The tissue guards are of very poor quality paper and their browning has offset slightly to the plates.  This is also true for most other copies I have examined.

Trinity, p. 118; Wood (paintings), p. 503.  Absent from Yale catalogue.


Henry, G(eorge) M(orrison) (1891-)

A guide to the / birds of Ceylon 21.2 x 13.7 cm.  π[1]82-128[13]814-308[31]8χ [$1 signed, some signatures contain a "B" after the number]; 250 ll.  Pp. (6)v-xl1-457(1).  Publisher's red cloth with gilt lettering and vignette of swift on spine.  Enpaper maps.  Pictorial dust jacket with price of £2.75 printed on upper flap.  London, Oxford University Press, 1971(1955).  Second edition.

First preliminary leaf: recto, half-title; verso, blank; second: recto, title; verso, copyright 1971; first published 1955; second edition, 1971; SBN 19 217629 3; printer designation: Headley Brothers Ltd, London, Kent;  third: recto, poetry quotations; verso, blank; v, preface to the second edition; vii, introduction; xvi, glossary; xxiii, systematic index; xxxv, list of plates; 1-423, species accounts, Corvus macrorhynchus-Podiceps ruficollis, comprising about 400 species; 424, additions and amendments to the list; 435, orders of families used in this book compared with order used in a (1952) revised checklist; 437-448, illustrations of nests; 449, index of English and scientific names.  Contains: plates 1-30 (27 colored), each depicting 3-13 species, printed in half-tone on both sides of 15 leaves and not included in pagination; 12 paginated, unnumbered, full-page black-and-white sketches on six leaves showing nests of 22 species; title vignette, three line anatomical sketches and about 120 unnumbered text line drawings.

Henry was the artist for the Colombo museum for 35 years and specialized in ornithological and entomological illustration.  He published a set of 64 beautiful plates of Ceylonese birds in Colombo (Colored plates of the birds of Ceylon, [1927-1935]) as well as an extremely attractive guide, Indian Hill Birds (1949).  His son, David Morrison Reid-Henry, was also an outstanding ornithological illustrator.

The text for the various species includes a brief section on identification and a lengthy life history including food and nesting.  This second edition differs from the first by the addition of the sections beginning with page 424 and including the pictures of nests.

This second edition was reissued with a Sri Lanka imprint in 1978.

Listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity and Yale.


Henry, Bruce

Highlight / the wild / The art of the Reid Henrys  24.5 x 18.7 cm.  Pp.  [i]ii-viii1-103(1).  Original pictorial laminated boards.  Brown endpapers.  Hartley, Wintney, Hampshire, England, Palaquin Publishing Ltd., (1986).

i, Half-title; ii, uncolored frontispiece; iii, title; iv, copyright 1986; ISBN 0 906814 01 4; v, contents; vi, list of colored plates; viii, dedication; 1, foreword by Keith Shackleton; 3, acknowledgements; 5, beginnings; 13, life patterns; 35, love of nature; 53, the artist at work; 71, the making of a picture; 83, the art of the Reid Henrys-an assessment by Donald Watson; 100, index.  Contains full page color half-tone plates 1-40 with printed versos and included in pagination.  Also contains full-page uncolored half-tone frontispiece and 14 full-page and 58 smaller unnumbered uncolored text illustrations.

The three artists here represented are George M. Henry (1891-1983) and his two sons David M. Reid Henry (1919-1977) and Bruce Henry (1918-).  The father is best known for his ornithological and entomological illustrations for his own and other works on Sri Lankan (Ceylonese) and Indian zoology.  David illustrated many important works by David Bannerman amongst others, and Bruce began his artistic career at age 60 and seems to have avoided book illustration.  The book resembles in style and layout John Savory's George Lodge artist naturalist published the same year by Croon Helm.  Coincidentally, Lodge seems to have been an exceedingly important influence in their lives both artistically and for introducing David to falconry.  Most of the illustrations in this book have not been previously published and are very attractive.  A considerable part of the text derives from an autobiographical diary kept by George and is quite interesting as is Donald Watson's assessment.

Listed by Cornell.  Not listed by AMNH, Harvard, Trinity, Yale.



Henshaw, Henry W. (1850-1930)

Birds of the Hawaiian Islands / being a / complete list / of the / birds of the Hawaiian Possessions / with notes on their habits  21.8 x 14.8 cm.  Pp. [1-3]4-5[6]7-146(2, advertisements for Thrum books).  Original gray printed wrappers.  Honolulu, H(awaiian). T(erritories)., Thos. G. Thrum, 1902. 

1, Title; 3, Introduction; 6, Part I, scope; 7, Hawaii as an ornithological field; 8, obstacles to ornithological studies; 9, destruction of forests; 10, disastrous environmental changes; 16, faunal zones; 20, diseases of Hawaiian birds; 21, origins of Hawaiian birds; 22, ornithological knowledge of natives; 24, history of ornithological investigations; 29, Part II, descriptive (species accounts); 137, island distribution table of birds; 141, index.  Contains one uncolored photographic plate.

The Hawaiian avifauna has always been of special interest because of the geographical isolation of the islands and the resulting endemicity and bizarre adaptations of its birds.  Most of the interesting passerine endemics are now extinct.  They were last seen around the turn of the century when four very able people studied them in their native habitats.  Scott B. Wilson wrote Avifauna Hawaiiensis (1890-1899) and Henry Palmer supplied his patron, Lord Rothschild, with the material for The Avifauna of Laysan and the Neighboring Islands (1893-1900).  These two magnificent works, as well as Fauna Hawaiiensis (1899-1913) edited by David Sharp, in which Robert C. L. Perkins, an entomologist who was reputedly the keenest field observer of all, recorded his observations, were all relatively inaccessible to the average reader or student.  However, the present superb little work by Henshaw was meant to be read by such people. 

Henshaw was a fine ornithologist who contributed much to government-sponsored ornithological research in the late 19th century.  He then spent some time in Hawaii and was deeply moved by the ornithological carnage he observed.  In this work, he gives accounts with much first-hand information of about 116 indigenous species, approximately half of which are passerine and of another nine that had already been  introduced.  These accounts include a concise but excellent description, a meticulous discussion of distribution and abundance among the islands and a résumé of what was known of life histories, important because so many of the species he covers were on the verge of extinction.

This work, which originally cost one dollar, is quite uncommon and it may be that print runs of Hawaiian presses were rather small at its time of publication.

Trinity, p. 118; Wood, p. 383.


Henshaw, H(enry) W(etherbee) (1850-1930)

Chapter III.  Report / upon / the ornithological collections / made in portions of / Nevada, Utah, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, / during / the years 1871, 1872, 1873, and 1874 (from , Wheeler, G.[eorge]M.[ontague][1842-1905], Report upon United States geographical and geological explorations and surveys west of the one hundredth meridian, volume V)  28.5 x 22.8 cm.  π9Z8(-9Z1-2)10Z-31Z832Z6[$1 signed]; 189 ll.  Pp.  (2), 133-507(1).  Later binder's light blue cloth, gilt lettering on spine. (Washington, Government Printing Office, 1875).

π1r, defective chapter title page or upper wrapper crudely remargined; π1v, blank; 133, introductory notes; 143, systematic accounts, Robin-Carolina Grebe, covering 296 species; 491, list of species enumerated; 500, list of alcoholic specimens of birds; 503, list of bird crania; 505, list of bird skeletons; list of bird sterna; 506, list of bird nests; 507, list of bird eggs.  Contains chromolithographic plates I-XV drawn by Robert Ridgway, printed by T. Sinclair & Son, lith. Phila(delphia).

This is the ornithological section of the Wheeler Survey, which, in its entirety was published in seven volumes with a supplement, 1875-1889.  The work is an archetypal example of the many important 19th century contributions made to American ornithology that were supported by the government and associated with exploration and with boundary, geological, or railroad surveys.

The youthful Henshaw describes 296 species that were encountered, many among the 3000 skins that were collected (quite apart from the "alcoholic specimens").  He presents synonymy / references, distribution, frequency and field notes.  For each skin, specimen, or bony part, he provides the sex, locality, date, collector and measurements.  Henshaw had a long and successful career combining field, academic and popular ornithology.  He was on  the committee that developed the first AOU check-list, wrote a fine small book on the Hawaiian avifauna that was published in Hawaii and undeservedly eclipsed by magnificently illustrated near contemporary works, and authored a popular series of articles on American birds that was illustrated by Fuertes and published in the magazine of the National Geographic Society.

Ridgway's birds are exceedingly well drawn and the chromolithography by T. Sinclair and Son is good.  Ridgway was one of a small group of academic ornithologists who were also artistically talented.  He had a long-standing interest in the problem of communicating color and wrote two interesting books seeking to define a standard color nomenclature.

Wood, p. 624; Zimmer, p. 669.  Also listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity, Yale.


Hérissant, Louis-Antoine-Prosper (1745-1769)

Bibliothéque / physique / de la France / ou / liste de tous ouvragees, tant Imprimés que / manuscrits, qui traite de l'histoire naturelle / de ce royaume: / avec des notes critiques & historiques // ouvrage achevé et publié par M. ("Coquereau" in contemporary manuscript), Docteur-Régent de la même faculté  19.3 x 12.5 cm.  Laid paper.  8o.  Catchwords.  A-B8C4A2-Eee4Fff-Kkk8Lll4[$1, 2(1-4) signed]; 268 ll (not including initial old blank leaves at beginning and end)..  Pp. [1-5]8 (sic! Printer's error)[7]8-40[1]2-496.  Contemporary brown marbled calf, spine with four raised ridges, gilt red morocco labeling piece in second compartment, elaborate gilt designs in other four.  Marbled endpapers.  All edges dyed red.  Paris, Chez Jean-Thomas Hérissant, 1771.

  A1r, Half-title; A1v, blank; A2r, title; A2v, Huzard Library stamp; A3r-A8v, eulogy for Hérissant; B1r-C4v, Discourse on French natural history and how to study it; 1, Natural history of the French empire; 2, general treatises on French natural history; 54, treatises on special topics: climate; 94, natural history of the mountains; 99, mineralogy; 155, hydrology; 261, plants; 300, cultivation; 334, animals; 354, birds; 358, fish; 362, insects, molluscs, reptiles; 383, physical phenomena; 397, geographical index; 405 author indes; 416, changes and corrections; 421, supplement; 494, geographical index to supplement; 495, author index for supplement.  Contains three woodcut figures, a head piece and two tail pieces, and a single woodcut historiated initial letter.  According to what appears to be a contemporary manuscript note on the initial blank leaf, this copy was "no. 6815 du cat. Libri.  1857, Juillet-achet é2.5 francs".  According to the relevant Maggs catalog, this represents a note of purchse from the "Huzard" library sale as indicatd by a barely legible old library stamp on the verso of the title page.  The Maggs catalog also writes that this copy was acquired by Bradley Martin from Wheldon & Wesley in 1955 for £7  10s.

This uncommon bibliography is a compiled list rather than a description of a collection.  The work was apparently unfinished at the time of the author's premature death and was completed by a colleague, Dr. Coquereau, and published by Hérissant's father who happened to be the printer to the king.  There are 1362 entries in the main section and another 261 in the supplement that was added after young Hérissant's death.  The subject covered is what might be termed "physical natural history" which includes not only general natural history and its specific subjects such as plants, animals, insects, fishes and birds, but also meteorology, mineralogy and hydrology or the properties of local waters and spas.  The areas covered include France proper as well as all her possessions, amongst them those in the new world.  The entries comprise books and manuscripts.  There is not a great deal of bibliographic information on each item, usually just the title and size with varying nonprofessional annotations by the  author.  Some of the entries are very interesting however, such as #1180 on page 335 which is Léonard Baldner's illustrated manuscript.  The manuscript is located for us in the library of M. Spielmann of Strassbourg.  Baldner is described as a "fisherman of Strassbourg, intelligent…" and the work is recognized as a source of graphic information and inspiration for Willughby and Ray.

It is quite difficult to locate a specific work in this book.  The individual items are listed under major headings such as "Plantes" and are there arranged alpabetically with respect to the geographical locations with which they are concerned.  There is an index containing an alphabetical list of authors but it is incomplete.  For example, Baldner is not named in it.

Englemann, p. 3.  Unlisted by Trinity, Wood, Zimmer.  Listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard and Yale.


Herklots, G(eoffrey)A(lton)C(raig)(1902-1986)

The birds of Hong Kong / field identification / and field note book “Written and illustrated during 43 months’ internment at Stanley”(from title page).  17.9 x 12.0 cm.  Pp. (6)[1]2-77(1)I-XII(40, blank); Original publisher’s olive cloth, black lettering on upper cover; pictorial endpapers; Hong Kong, South China Morning Post Limited, November 1946. 

!st preliminary leaf: recto, half-title; verso, blank; 2nd: recto, title with vignette; verso, “notes”; 3rd, recto, contents with vignette; verso, blank; 1, introduction; 12, bibliography; 12, glossary; 17, families, subfamilies, species; I-XII, index of English names with some Chinese synonyms.  Contains 74 line drawings including four full-page on paste-downs and endpapers by author after antecedent publications.

The author was a Reader in Biology at Hong Kong University before the second world war and subsequently Secretary for Development, Hong Kong.  He later spent time in Trinidad and wrote a field guide to its birds.

This scarce little work is the first book devoted exclusively to the avifauna of Hong Kong which has subsequently become one of the most exhaustively studied in Asia.  It is largely based on a series of articles in the Hong Kong Naturalist, mostly by the author, which appeared during the 1930s and on the Handbook of  birds of eastern China by La Touche (1925-1934).

Approximately 260 species are described.  They are numbered after La Touche.  For each is given the English and Latin names; a length measurement; descriptions of male and female; and status in Hong Kong and “the new territories”.

The work was reprinted in 1952 and there was at least one later edition.

This original printing listed by Harvard, BMNH and Oxford but not by AMNH, Cornell, LOC, Melvyl, Trinity, Yale.



Herrick, Francis Hobart (1858-1940)

The home life / of wild birds / A new method of / the study and / photography of birds  26.5 x 21.0 cm.  Pp.  [i-iii]iv-xix(1)1-148.  Original publisher's brown cloth with elaborate black ruled and framed feather and egg design enclosing gilt wreath of baby kingfisher's with central gilt title.  Design with monogram MA (Margaret Armstrong  [1867-1944]) in lower right corner.  Decorated spine with gilt lettering.  TEG.  Signed authorial gift inscription on upper free endpaper.  New York and London, G. P. Putnam's Sons, The Knickerbocker Press, 1901.

i, Title partly printed in red, photo vignette; ii, copyright May, 1901; iii, dedication; iv, photo vignette; v, preface with photo vignette; vi, photograph; vii, contents; viii, photo vignette; ix, list of illustrations; xiv, photo vignette; xv, introduction; 1, text; 139, general index.  Contains: uncolored photographic frontispiece printed in collotype with facing sheet of protective tissue, the verso of which contains descriptive letter-press printed in red; uncolored half-tone photographic text figures 1-130; 10 unnumbered, uncolored half-tone photographic vignettes in preliminaries and as tail pieces.

This book is an early contribution to the photography of birds and its use in documenting life histories.  Most of the photographs are of nests and young of nighthawk, kingfisher, thrasher, robin, bluebird, red-eyed vireo, Baltimore oriole and red-winged blackbird.  In many cases, the author removed the nest and its immediate supporting foliage from its original location and placed it in a better lit nearby position next to which he pitched his tent.  He photographed the ensuing familial behavior from his hide and, for the most part, the subjects apparently did not appear to mind that their homes had been transplanted.

Amongst other contributions, Herrick was later (1917) to write a well regarded two-volume biography of Audubon.

Wood, p. 385; Zimmer, p. 300 (1902 printing).  This original 1901 printing listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity and Yale.


Hill, Martha

Bruno Liljefors / the / peerless eye  28.0 x 29.5 cm.  Pp.  [1-5]6-174  Original publisher’s dark green cloth gilt lettering to spine, impressed lettering to upper cover.  Leaf green endpapers. Kingston upon Hull, Allen Publishing Company, (1987).

1, Half-title; 2, blank; 3, title; 4, copyrights; ISBN 0-948493-04-6, contents; 5, contents; 7, foreword by Bo Lindwall; 8, preface; 15, introduction; 19, beginnings; 25, influences; 33, changes; 41, Signe; 45, Thiel; 49, success; 53, field studies; 57, twilight; 61, looking back; 62, plates; 170, acknowledgements; 172, bibliography (43 citations); 173, credits.  In the “plates” section there are about 102 colored half-tone illustrations and five uncolored.  In the text section there are about 50 uncolored and four colored pictures.  All illustrations are unnumbered, included in pagination and range from less than page size to a folded leaf with a triple-page example.

This is a brief biography but a feast of Liljefors (1860-1939) art.  He is considered by many to be the finest of all animal painters but also painted portraits.  He was almost an exact contemporary of Thorburn but completely different in style.  His work is characterized by the dynamic nature of animal life and he was the first to marry impressionism and animal art.  Unfortunately, reproductions of his work rarely do them justice because the texture of oil paintings seems almost impossible to reproduce.

OCLC locates about 100 examples.


Hill, Robin (1932-)

 The / lost & vanishing / a limited edition of the / extinct & endangered / birds / of / North America  30.0 x 21.2 cm.  12 Unpaginated leaves.  Color pictorial stapled upper and lower wrappers. Middleburg, Virginia, The Sporting Gallery Inc., 1973

 Inner upper wrapper, biography of Hill; First leaf, recto, half-title with uncolored vignette; verso, blank; second leaf, recto, title printed in red and black; verso, blank; verso, details of publication; third leaf, recto, list of species; verso and remaining nine leaves as well as both sides of lower wrapper contain half-tone illustrations, mostly color, reproducing the prints in the limited edition.

 This is an advertising brochure for a set of prints by Robin Hill, an Australian bird artist who emigrated to the United States shortly after publication of a very popular illustrated work, “Australian birds” published by Thos. Nelson in 1968.  The set contained 25 prints, each 34 x 24”, produced by color half-tone in an edition of 350.  Nine copies of the complete set were bound and the remaining prints were sold individually.   The work was originally distributed by TheSportsman’s Edge, Ltd., 136 East 74th Street, New York City, New York, 10028.  Complete sets of of these fine prints are of the utmost rarity.

 Hill was later commissioned to do a series of paintings of North American waterfowl which appeared in a very attractive work, The Waterfowl of North America… in 1987.


Hill, Robin (1932-), (Ripley, S. Dillon [1913-], introduction; Johnsgard, Paul A.[1931-], species accounts)

The / waterfowl / of / North America / the complete / ducks, geese and swans  40.9 x 29.2 cm.  Pp. I-XX1-133(1); 77 ll (excluding two intial and one terminal blank leaves).  Original green cloth, gilt lettering on spine, marbled endpapers.  Pictorial dust jacket.  Augusta, Georgia, Morris Communications Corporation, 1987. 

I, Half-title, signed by Hill; III, title; IV, copyright, production data; V, contents; IX, acknowledgements; XIII, studies from sketch books; 1, foreword by the Duke of Edinburgh; 5, introduction by Ripley; 17, artist's preface; 27, text by Johnsgard and plates; 132, bibliography.  Contains 51 unnumbered full-page colored plates of individual species, two full-page colored plates of sketches, four full-page uncolored plates of sketches; two full-page uncolored pictures and numerous vignettes including at least one for each of the 51 species described.  All plates and vignettes are unnumbered and are included in pagination.  Also contains 51 North American distribution maps.

This work was apparently published privately by the largesse of William S. Morris who had commissioned the entire series of paintings contained in it. It is an exceptionally beautiful book which seems to be little known. It is produced to a very high standard on fine matt paper with excellent printing of the sketches and plates by Hoechstetter of Pittsburgh.  Some of the anticipated profits were targeted for the World Wildlife Federation. 

Ripley's introduction is an anecdotal account of experiences and thoughts that accompanied his well known life-long fascination with waterfowl.  Hill's artist's preface is partly autobiographical and partly devoted to considerations of wildlife art including thoughts about the difference between illustration and art.  Johnsgard's accounts emphasize life histories and population distribution.

The book is beautifully designed and bursting with Hill's art which is interesting and distinctive.  Hill admits to being influenced by oriental artists and one can detect this in some of the most interesting pictures, particularly in the depiction of a pair of Wood Ducks that adorns the dust jacket.  The shapes of the ducks often seem to resemble those drawn by George Lodge.  Hill is an Australian who became known for a popular book on Australian birds that he wrote and illustrated in the late sixties.  He subsequently settled in the United States.

OCLC locates about 49 copies of the work.


Hindwood, Keith A. (1904-1971)

The birds / of / lord Howe Island 24.0 x 15.7 cm. π2A-E8F4($1 signed) 46 ll. Pp. i-iii(1)[1]2-85[86-88]. Green cloth with gilt lettering on upper cover. Sydney, 1940;

i, title and inscription in ink to Arthur A. Allen, distinguished American ornithologist; ii, explanation that this copy is an offprint from “The Emu” Vol. XL., Part I., July, 1940 and that 250 such copies have been produced; iii, contents; 1, ornithological history; 28, annotated list of birds; 74, summarized list; 82, bibliography (more than 100 references); 88, printer designation: Brown, Prior, Anderson Pty, Melbourne. Contains 21 unpaginated glossy leaves printed on one side only. Of these, 17 contain single images three of which are colored. The remaining the remaining four leaves contain two uncolored images each.

This is a treatise on the status and history of 85 species that the author believes have occurred on Lord Howe Island. OCLC locates 26 examples.


Anonymous (Hirst, Henry Beck [1813-1874])

The Book of cage birds  19.0 x 11.5 cm.  π21-236244[$1, 3 signed]; 144 ll.  Pp. [1-5]6[7]8-12[13]14-16[13]14-282[283-284].  Contemporary black buckram, gilt lettering on spine.  Philadelphia, Bernard Duke, 1842.

  π1r, title; π1v, copyright; π2r, dedication to John Cassin; π2v, blank; 11r-11v, publisher's notice; 12r-14v contents; 15r-16v, preface; 13-278, text; 279-283, publisher's advertisements; 284, blank.  Entire printed contents framed.

I have been intrigued by this book ever since I first read about it as lot #1608 at the sale of Bradley Martin's ornithological library in 1989.  Hirst was apparently an eccentric and a published poet who was acquainted with Poe and claimed that he, rather than Poe, had written The Raven.  He was evidently also interested in birds and an acquaintance of John Cassin's.  This book describes the habits and maintenance of a variety of cage birds and, in addition, contains original poetry by the author as well as poetry quoted from other sources.   Chapter II (pp. 19-108) on the care of the canary is one of the most extensive treatments of this subject.

The Bradley Martin copy was the third edition (1843) and the cataloger made the interesting statement that "No copies of a 'first edition' are known to exist…".  Subsequently, I bought a copy of the second edition (1843) and have seen several other examples of it and of the third edition.  Both the second and third editions are dated 1843 on the title page but are copyright 1842 on their versos  suggesting to me that there was an original edition published in 1842.

The present item solves the mystery of the first edition.  The reason it has remained unknown until now is because it was published anonymously and Hirst's name does not appear in it at all.  The only differences between this edition and the subsequent second and third editions are on the title page which, in this volume contains the year 1842 and lacks the author's name.  In the subsequent editions, it contains the year 1843 and the designation second (or third) edition. With the exception of the title page, the same setting of type, including the peculiar overlapping pagination and the advertisements, has been used for all three "editions" which are thus probably  characterized more accurately as "printings".

The present volume seems to be bibliographically unknown and is probably quite uncommon although its curious anonymous publication renders it difficult to trace.

Wood, p. 387 (second edition); Yale, p. 133 (third edition).


Hirst, Henry B(eck) (1813-1874)

The / book / of / cage birds 18.9 x 11.5 cm.  All printed matter contained within black-ruled frame, 13.8 x 7.7 cm.  π21-236244[$1, 3 signed]; 144 ll.  [1-5]6-16, 132-162(printer's error)17-280(3, advertisements for garden and avicultural products)(1).  Original maroon cloth with blind frame and ornamental decorations on covers, gilt lettering to spine.  Second edition.  Philadelphia, Bernard Duke, 1843.

1, Title; 2, registered 1842; printer designation: E. G. Dorsey, Printer; 3, dedication to John Cassin; 4, blank; 5, "advertisement" (note from publisher); 7, contents; 13-16, preface; 132-280, text.

 This book is a mélange of instructions for raising cage birds and poems about them.  Pp. 19-108 is a monograph on the care and maintenance of the canary.  More than 40 other species are briefly considered.  Hirst published at least three volumes of poetry during the 1840s.  According to the Sotheby's catalog for the sale of Bradley Martin's library (lot 1608, "third edition"), he claimed (fide DAB) that he, rather than his acquaintance  Poe, was the author of The Raven.  The catalog states that "No copies of a 'first edition' are known to exist…".  My collection contains a copy of that unknown first edition which is anonymous but differs from this "second" or the "third edition" only on the title page which lacks the author's name and is dated 1842.

Wood, p. 387 (second edition).  Also listed by Harvard (second edition), Yale (third edition).  Not listed by AMNH, Cornell, Trinity.


Hobun Kikuchi (1862-1918)

Hobun Gafu (album of prints by Hobun)  243 x164 mm.  Pp.  27 folded unpaginated leaves as follows: title leaf with unusual fully colored picture of a spray of cherry blossom within a green decorative border.  This picture contains no black printed outlines and may be a painting.  It is also present, and described as a colored woodcut in the Sotheby's London copy.  Obverse of this picture contains printed text.  Twenty five leaves comprising 32 woodblocks of birds (6 diptych) and 7 of other subjects (2 fish, 3 insects, a deer and a mouse) including 5 diptychs.  These woodblocks are printed in sumi-e with dilutions of black and brown.  Final leaf with colophon and blank verso.  Original blue paper-covered limp boards with red paper label on upper cover.  Tokyo (?), Meiji 38 (1905).

Although I have occasionally seen individual pictures from this work offered for sale, the only reference I could find to the complete work is the Sotheby's London catalogue for a sale, "Bugle-6723" on 4 June, 2003, where it was offered as Lot #104 and sold for £1792 ($2903).  Kobun is there described as "one of Kyoto's leading painters".  The printing of this work appears quite similar to that of the Hyakucho Gafu of Kono Bairei  which was produced in Tokyo although that artist, like Hobun, was a native of Kyoto. 

I could not find this work under "Hobun" in any of the usual major libraries including AMNH, BM(NH), Cornell, Harvard, LOC, NYPL, Oxford, Smithsonian, Trinity, Wood and Yale.  However, the rendering of Japanese names into English is highly variable and subjective so it is possible that the work is listed under another spelling.


Hodo, Nishimura (fl. 1930s)

Parrot (macaw) on a branch of magnolia  Thin laid paper.  Oban.  Paper size, 393 x 266 mm; image size, 369 x 240 mm.  Artist's seal, lower right in image.  Tokyo (?), Takemura Hideo, 1937.  Publisher's stamp and seven character designation (probably also related to publisher since identical to that in my other parrot print by this artist and publisher) in left margin.  Designations of two and four characters in right margin possibly representing date and title since not identical to the two similarly placed designations in the other print.

This is another print of a parrot by Hodo, about whom I have been able to find little information.  The print is a fine artistic and technical production and a good example of Shin Hanga.


Hodo, Nishimura (fl. 1930s)

Omu (Parrot, Cockatoo)   Thin laid paper.  Oban-sized woodblock print.  Paper size 392 x 273 cm.  Image size 368 x 241.  Artist's seal lower left image.  Published by Takemura Hideo in May 1938.  Publisher's stamp and a group of seven characters in the lower left margin. Two groups of three and four characters in lower right margin.   I believe the date and the title are represented by the marginal characters.

This is a stunning printed work showing a white cockatoo with some salmon tinges in the wing against a black background.  The bird is perched on a branch amidst beautiful red and yellow flowers.  The printing, coloring and registration is superb.  The print is reproduced on page 168 of Collector's Value Guide to Japanese Woodblock Prints by Sandra Andacht.


Hoffmann, Ralph (1870-1932)

A guide to the / birds of New England / and / eastern New York / containing a key for each season and short / descriptions of over two hundred and / fifty species with particular refer- / ence to their appearance in the field 
18.7 x 13.0 cm.  Pp.  [i-vii]viii-xiii(1)[1-3]4-357[358](6, four advertising HM nature books and one final blank leaf).  Original publisher’s blue cloth with black frame enclosing gilt printing and partially gilt chimney swift design on upper cover, gilt lettering to spine.  Boston and New York, Houghton, Mifflin and Company, the Riverside Press, Cambridge, 1904.  First printing. Presentation inscription from “the author’s mother”.

i, Title; ii, copyright; published April, 1904; iii, dedication “to my mother”; iv, blank; v, prefatory note; vi, blank; vii, contents; x, blank; xi, list of illustrations; 1, introduction; 29, seasonal keys; 71, species accounts, Sialis sialis-Colymbus holboelli; 339, appendix including local lists and books of reference (about 38); 351, English and generic indexes; 358, printer designation.  Contains frontispiece and three other unnumbered, uncolored plates after Fuertes printed on one side only and not included in pagination.  Also contains text life-zone map and text figures 1-95, mostly woodcuts taken from F. M. Bailey’s Birds of village and field (1898).

This is the first printing of an early regional guide providing a brief description including length measurement, status and, where appropriate, description of song, nest and of eggs for most of the recorded species of the northeast.

Wood, p. 388 (1923 edition); Zimmer, p. 305.  Also listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity, Yale.



Hoffman, Ralph (1870)

Birds of the Pacific / states / containing brief biographies and descriptions / of about four hundred species, with especial / reference to their appearance in the field  18.8 x 12.9 cm.  Pp.  [i-ix]x-xix[xx][1]2-353(1); 187 ll.  Original publisher's green cloth with black lettering on upper cover and spine and black condor design on upper cover.  Original tan dust jacket with condor design on upper cover.  Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, the Riverside Press, Cambridge (1927). 

i, half-title; ii, blank; iii, title; iv, copyright; v, dedication; vi, blank; vii, preface; ix, contents; xiii, list of colored plates; xv, introduction; xx, abbreviations; 1, systematic text; 341, index of English and Latin names.  Contains 10 unnumbered colored plates by Allan Brooks 1869-1946) depicting47 species, printed on one side only, and not included in pagination.  Also contains about 207 unnumbered line text figures by Brooks of which nine are skillfully hand-colored.

This is a remarkably well done and attractive book.  For each species, Hoffman provides a general discussion, length measurements, description including plumage variations related to sex and age, description of nest and eggs, and distribution.  The illustrations by Brooks, particularly the line drawings, are excellent.  In this copy, nine of the text illustrations are very accurately and unobtrusively colored by hand.  If this were a 19th century book, one would immediately assume them to have been colored by the publisher.  That can't be the case here but they certainly have the look of a professional colorist.  The book is in unused condition save for the book plate of S. H. Babington, M. D. of Berkeley and his signature on the front end paper and the title page. 

This work is present in the libraries of the AMNH, Harvard, Trinity and Yale.


Hokusai, Katsushika (1760-1849)

Hokusai Museum 1.  Kacho-Ga  30.0 x 20.0 cm.  Pp.  (Right-to-left) [1-7]8-163[164]; 82 ll.  Original plum cloth with colored illustration enclosed by black panel on upper cover, black printing in Japanese and English on upper cover and spine.  Decorated gray endpapers, pictorial dust jacket.  Tokyo, Shueisha, 1990. 

1, Title in Japanese and English ("Hokusai Museum"); 2, contents; 4, definitions; 5, multicolored plates; 101, two-color plates; 141, Japanese text; 163-158 (left-to-right), list of plates and figures in English; 164, publishing information.  Contains multicolored plates 1-145, two-color plates 146-197 and uncolored text figures F1-F21.

This is the first volume of a five-volume series intended to reproduce a large fraction of Hokusai's work.  This volume deals with birds, animals and flowers.  Along with Utamaro and Hiroshige, Hokusai was an ukiyo-e master who devoted some of his time to developing prints of birds and flowers (kacho-e).  These three artists were the inspiration for later artists and printmakers such as Bairei and Keinen in the late 18th century and Koson in the early 20th century who specialized in this genre and extended it by imaginatively combining its stylistic aspect with elements of realistic depiction.

The present book is written almost entirely in Japanese.  Some of the colored plates are full-page, others are not and the same picture is sometimes shown in different magnification on more than one plate.  The ornithological art here is highly stylistic, perhaps more than that of Utamaro and Hiroshige, and certainly much more than that of more recent masters.

The list in English at the end includes the title, form, dimensions (format) and location of each plate.  There are notes in Japanese accompanying each plate and there is a substantial section (pp. 141-157) of text in Japanese.


Holden, George H.(enry)(1848-1914)

Canaries and cage-birds  25.8 x 17.4 cm.  No signatures.  Pp.  (2)[1-2]3-364i-viii; 187 ll.  Original publisher's green cloth with gilt canary, black block printing on upper cover, gilt printing and canary on spine. Gray-green endpapers.  New York, Boston, Providence, George H. Holden, (1883). 

First (unpaginated)leaf: recto, title; verso, copyright 1883; printer designation: Franklin Press, Rand, Avery and Company, Boston; 1, dedication; 2, blank; 3, introduction; 5, contents; 7, list of illustrations (alphabetical [!]); 9, species, family or generic accounts (53 entries); 266, bird exhibitions; 274, bird architecture; 278, bird buying and importing; 290, food and care; 306, seeds, food, diseases, medicines; 314, about birds; 322, the bird market; 337, price list of birds; 341, prices of foods, medicines; 343, prices of cages; I, index; vi-viii, advertisements.  Contains eight unnumbered chromolithographic plates, 56 unnumbered, uncolored text illustrations, either wood-cuts or reproduced from such, of which 37 full-page, some with many figures.  Artists and printers not identified.

Holden describes himself (p. 337) as a "Bird Importer" and the present work should really be considered as a kind of sales catalog since he included his prices for various birds and bird cages.  However, it is also a handbook of aviculture with a great deal of information "designed to be a help to those who keep birds for pleasure, or breed them for profit" (p. 3).

It would be difficult to overstate the eccentricity of this publication.  How many bird books are there that contain the sheet music and words for "The Star Spangled Banner"?  Or that open a section on the snow bunting (p. 105) "This bird bears the same relation to the bird-race that the Esquimaux do to the human race."?

Of the illustrations, Holden writes (p. 3) "The black-and-white illustrations have been drawn with care from life subjects.  The colored plates were made under the author's own supervision and exactly represent in color and outline the subjects portrayed"  How then to explain that every one of the 12 figures on the first five colored plates has been copied directly from that in The illustrated book of canaries and cage-birds.. by Blakston et al (1877-1880)?  Or that I can make out the name Giacomelli on one of the more interesting text figures? Many of the uncolored illustrations were probably made specifically for this book, however, including those of cages and that of the "Mocking-Bird" which certainly bears no resemblance to any mockingbird that I have ever seen. The quality of chromolithography in this edition is poor but was to become quite good by the third edition. 

The most attractive part of the book is an advertisement on p. vii that depicts two cages printed in gil



Holden, George H(enry) (1848-1914)

Canaries and cage-birds / the food, care, breeding, diseases and treatment / of / all house birds / birds for pleasure and profit  Second edition. 25.8 x 17.7 cm.  No signatures.  Pp.  (2)[1-2]3- 309[i-]ii-viii; 187 ll.  Original publisher's brown cloth with gilt canary, black block printing on upper cover, gilt printing and canary on spine. New York, Boston, Providence, George H. Holden, (1888). 

First (unpaginated)leaf: recto, title; verso, copyright 1888; printer designation: Alfred Mudge & Son, Boston; 1, dedication; 2, blank; 3, introduction; 4, the second edition; 5, contents; 7, list of illustrations (alphabetical [!]); 9, species, family or generic accounts (47 entries); 247, bird buying and importing; 259, food and care; 275, seeds, food, diseases, medicines; 283, price list of birds; 287, prices of seeds, foods, medicines; 289, prices of cages etc; I, index; vi-viii, advertisements.  Contains 12 unnumbered chromolithographic plates, 47 unnumbered, uncolored text illustrations, either wood-cuts or reproduced from such, of which 35 full-page, some with many figures.  Artists and printers not identified.

On page 4, Holden informs the reader that there are four more colored plates in this edition than in the first, that he has rewritten the section on parrots, and that new styles of cages are listed at lower prices.  He doesn't mention that the title has been changed and that the book has been considerably shortened by omission of several species accounts and some essays.  The four new colored plates were present in an uncolored state in the first edition and the uncolored plates are retained.  The list of illustrations makes no mention of the new colored plates.  This edition seems to be much scarcer than the first or third.

The most attractive part of the book  remains the  advertisement on p. vii that depicts two cages printed in gilt.

This second edition unlisted by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity, Wood, Yale.


Holden, George H(enry)(1848-1914)

Canaries and cage-birds / the food, care, breeding, diseases and treatment / of / all house birds / birds for pleasure and profit  Third edition. 26.0 x 17.7 cm.  No signatures.  Pp.  (2)[1-2]3- 309[i-]ii-viii; 187 ll.  Original publisher's sienna cloth with gilt canary, black block printing on upper cover, gilt printing and canary on spine.  Endpapers patterned with green leaf motif.  New York, Boston, , George H. Holden, (1895).

  First (unpaginated)leaf: recto, title; verso, copyright 1895; printer designation: Alfred Mudge & Son, Boston; 1, dedication; 2, blank; 3, introduction; 4, the second edition; third edition 5, contents; 7, list of illustrations (alphabetical [!]); 9, species, family or generic accounts (47 entries); 247, bird buying and importing; 259, food and care; 275, seeds, food, diseases, medicines; 283, price list of birds; 287, prices of seeds, foods, medicines; 289, prices of cages etc; I, index; vi-viii, advertisements.  Contains 14 unnumbered chromolithographic plates, 47 unnumbered, uncolored text illustrations, either wood-cuts or reproduced from such, of which 35 full-page, some with many figures.  Artists and printers not identified.

On page 4, Holden informs the reader that "colored plates from new lithographic stones are substituted for each of the former plates", that there are two additional colored plates, that "the letter-press has also been revised", and that the latest designs of cages are shown.   Actually three colored plates were added, and that of the red and blue macaw deleted.  The quality of the chromolithographs is far superior to that of the first two editions and  they are here very well done.  Only the colored plates from the first edition are mentioned in the list of illustrations.  If there are text changes, they must be very minor.

My favorite advertisement displaying the two gilded cages is no longer present.

I believe that this volume is the first antiquarian (pre-1900) book that I purchased.

This third  edition listed by Cornell, Yale. Not listed by AMNH, Harvard, Trinity, Wood.  Cornell also lists an edition of 1930 revised by D. V., and M. Holden.





Holmes, D., Phillipps, K.

The Birds of Sulawesi 194 x 130 mm.  Pp.  [i-iv]v-xii, 1-86.  Original illustrated boards.  Kuala Lumpur, Oxford University Press, 1996.

 i Half-title; iii, title; v, acknowledgments; vii, contents ; ix, introduction; 1-72, species accounts; 73, appendix (checklist); 83, index.  Contains colored frontispiece and colored plates 1-20 on 11 leaves not included in pagination.  Also contains 23 uncolored text illustrations.

This little work is part of a series called “Images of Asia”.  Karen Phillipps is an obviously able artist and birder who was born in Borneo and has lived most of her life in Hong Kong.  She is thus familiar with southeast Asian birds and apparently made a special trip to Sulawesi for its endemics.  The pictures are excellent and show 142 species in color and another 23 in black and white.  Holmes, the author is a specialist on the birds of the Greater Sundas.  His text is simple but informative.

This book is the first devoted exclusively to the ornithology of Sulawesi since the great classic by Meyer and Wigglesworth at the turn of the century.  While its coverage is not completely exhaustive, it provides the first illustrations ever for several species and will remain exceedingly useful until Bishop and Coates’s comprehensive illustrated handbook of the birds of Wallacea is published.  That is scheduled for late 1997.


Horsbrugh, Major Boyd (Robert)(1871-1916)

The / game-birds & water-fowl / of / South Africa  24.0 x 17.8 cm.  Laid paper water marked ANTIQUE DE LUXE.  4o.  [A]6B-P4Q2R-X4Y2[$1 signed]; 86 ll. Pp.  [i-vii]viii-xii[1]2-159[160].  Contemporary (? Publisher's) (faded) green, gilt-ruled half morocco and olive cloth.  Spine with five gilt-ruled ridges, gilt lettering in second and third compartments.  Marbled endpapers.  AEG. London, Witherby & Co., 1912. 

i, Half-title; ii, blank; iii, title; iv, printer designation; London, Witherby and Co.; v, dedication; vi, blank; vii, preface; ix, contents; xi, list of plates; 1, systematic text; 155, index.  Contains 67 plates after Sergeant C. G. Davies, printed in four-color half-tone on one side only, numbered 1-45, 46a, 46B, 46C, 47-65 and not included in pagination.

This work , originally issued in four parts, covers bustards, thicknees, snipe, francolins, quail, guinea fowl, sand grouse, pigeons, geese, ducks, and the Hadada.  For each species, Horsbrugh provides synonymy, a brief description, often with weight, distribution and a variable essay that often contains much first-hand information.  This can include a life history with comments about food, nest and eggs as well as information pertaining to hunting and/or aviculture.

The illustrations in this work are special.  The artist, Claude Gibney Finch-Davies ( 1875-1920, the "Finch" came from his wife) was later accused by authorities of stealing prints from ornithological books in the Transvaal Museum and eventually committed suicide.  This is the only major publication that he illustrated during his lifetime.  As part of his settlement with the museum, he gave them his entire output of original paintings and under the terms of the agreement they could not be published until many years after his death.  These pictures were ultimately promoted and published by the South African ornithologist, Alan Kemp, in the late 20th century.  Their appearance created quite a sensation and the present work was reprinted in 1978 and again in 1985 as a result of increased interest in the artist.  Finch-Davies combined phenomenally meticulous detail with tremendous first-hand knowledge of his subjects and his portraits are "..almost without exception faultless both as regards drawing and colour" (Anker, #211).

Wood, p. 390; Zimmer, p. 307.  Also present AMNH, Cornell, Trinity, Yale but apparently lacking at Harvard.



Horsbrugh, Major Boyd (Robert)(1871-1916) (with / coloured plates / by / Sergeant C. G. Davies [1875-1920]…)ß

The / game-birds & water-fowl / of / South Africa  Parts two and three only, of four.  25.5 x 19.5 cm.  Original linen-backed printed gray boards with title printed in red. Uncut.

Part 2.  London, Witherby & Co., July 2nd 1912.  G-L4[$1 signed]; 20 ll.  Pp.  41-80.  Contains colored plates 17-34 printed on one side only in fine color half-tone by Witherby & Co. Imp., and not included in pagination.
Includes text (between one and five pages per species) and colored illustrations of 18 species.

Part 3.  London, Witherby & Co., September 30th , 1912.  M-P4Q2[$1 signed]; 18 ll.  Pp.  81-116.  Contains colored plates 35-48.
Includes text and colored illustrations of 14 species.

Horsfield, Thomas (1773-1859)

Systematic arrangement and description of birds from the / Island of Java  29.2 x 23.0 cm.  [S3-S4]T-2C4[$1, 2 signed]; 34 ll.  Pp.  133-200.  Old plain paper wrappers.  Uncut, unopened.  Read April 18, 1820 (extract, Trans. Linn. Soc. London, 13, 1822)

Thomas Horsfield was an American physician who worked in Java from 1802-1819 and then settled in England where he published this extraordinarily precocious work and followed it with Zoological Researches in Java, and the Neighboring Islands.  The latter appeared in eight parts, 1821-1824, and contained 64 colored plates of which 33 depicted birds.  He can be considered the founder of modern knowledge of Southeast Asian zoology and was a great influence on Sir T. S. Raffles, the contemporary British Governor of Java who was also an ardent and articulate naturalist.

According to Horsfield as described in the first two pages of this extract, the description is based on his collections obtained between 1811 and 1817.  His classification of genera is based on those of Temminck, and Cuvier but he admits to constructing "a few new genera".  He acknowledges the aid of Leach of the British Museum.  In this paper, he describes about 205 species.  According to Kuroda (p. 1 in volume 1 of Birds of the Island of Java [1933]), as many as 71 of these may have been new.  Horsfield gives a description in Latin for each species along with a measurement of length.  Where possible, he supplies an antecedent name, often from Linnaeus, Latham, or the Planches Enluminés and he usually gives the Javanese name as well.  He describes and discusses the various genera in English with careful analysis of the new ones that he constructs.  This paper represents the beginning of modern ornithology in southeast Asia and is, in my view, the single most important contribution to the ornithology of this bird-rich region.

This article is printed with an 18th century elegance including fine typography and catchwords connecting the pages.  It is, however, on wove paper.

Wood, p. 391.

Horsfield, Thomas (1773-1859)

(Zoological researches in Java and the neighboring islands Part 2, London, Black, Kingsbury, Parbury, and Allen, 1821).  Extract.  28.6 x 22.0 cm.  15 unpaginated leaves of text without signatures, eight unnumbered hand-colored and one uncolored plate as described below.  This single part  is included in a volume entitled "Natural History Miscellany" bound in late 20th century half brown calf over marbled boards. 

First-fourth leaves: Mydaus meliceps.  Contains colored plate drawn by W. Daniell, engraved by W. Taylor, with publisher's designation and dated Novr, 1821.

Fifth-sixth: Gulo orientalis.  With colored plates drawn by Daniell, engraved by Taylor, dated as above.

Seventh-eighth: Tarsius bancanus. With colored plate drawn by Daniell, engraved by Taylor, dated as above.

Ninth: Felis sumatrana.  With colored plates drawn by Daniell, engraved by Taylor, dated as above.

10th-11th: Eurylaimus javanica.  With colored plate drawn by A. Pelletier, printed by C. Hullmandel, dated as above.

12th: Podargus javanensis.  With colored plate drawn by Pelletier, printed by Hullmandel, dated as above.

13th: Turdus varius.  With colored plate drawn by Pelletier, printed by Hullmandel, dated as above.

14th: Dacelo Pulchella.  With colored plate, artist undesignated, engraved by Taylor, dated as above.

15th: Explanation of the plate of illustrations to the second number… With uncolored plate, artist undesignated, engraved by Taylor depicting anatomical parts of the various species described above and dated as above.

The entire work contained eight parts published 1821-1824.  Each part described four mammals and four birds many of which were new or, in the case of birds, had been described before only in Horsfield's own Systematic arrangement and description of birds from the island of Java (Transactions of the Linnean Society of London, volume 13,  [1820]), which lacked illustrations.  For each of the birds here, Horsfield assigns a classification with respect to orders described by Cuvier, Temminck, Linnaeus and Illiger, provides a Latin diagnosis and description, and discusses various interesting and novel features.

The colored lithographs here are amongst the earliest done of birds.  The artist, A. Pelletier, is also known by his first name, Auguste, and contributed plates to the works of Levaillant.

Anker, 212; Wood, p. 391.  Also listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity and Yale.



Hough, H(enry). B.(eetle)(1896-)


The heath hen’s journey to extinction  1792-1933   24 x 16 cm.  Pp. [1-9]10-31.  Original printed brown wrappers.  Edgartown, Dukes County Historical Society, ND (?1933). 1, half-title; 3, title; 5, preface; 7, list of dates; 9-31, text.  Contains two full-page uncolored half-tone photographs and a map, all included in pagination.

This is an interesting compilation of writings related to the extinction of the Heath Hen from Martha’s Vineyard.  Most of the articles are from regional newspapers.  There are two pictures of the last individual.  The pamphlet is local and almost certainly contemporary, although I cannot find a date of publication.  It is an interesting piece of historical American ornithological ephemera.

Listed by Harvard.  Unlisted by AMNH, Cornell, Trinity, Yale.




Houghton, Rev. W.(illiam)(1828-1895[per Mullens and Swann] or 1825-1897[per Casey Wood]).

Walks of a naturalist / with / his children /// containing / country walks of a naturalist / seaside walks of a naturalist  18.2 x 12. 2 cm.  π31-98106(-106)π23(-π21)12-9281026-(-1026)[$1 signed]; 159 ll.  Pp.  [i-iii]iv-vi[1]2-154[iii2-v2]vi2[12]22-1542.  Original publisher's green cloth with decorative black panel enclosing gilt design and lettering on upper cover, gilt lettering, black decoration to spine, blind decoration to lower cover.  Lemon endpapers.  London, Groombridge and Sons (1872).

i, Title for combined volume; ii, blank; iii, preface; v, contents; 1, Country walks of a naturalist with his children: text (walks I-X); 154, printed by J. E. Adlard, Bartholomew Close;; iii2, preface; iv2, dedication dated June 6th, 1870; v2, contents; 12, Sea-side walks of a naturalist with his children: text, walks I-XII.  Contains 16 unnumbered color-printed wood-engraved plates, eight for each title, and approximately 46 and 60 uncolored text wood engravings in the first and second titles.  Four colored plates in the second title are signed "A. F. Lydon, Del."  The leaf that appears to be lacking for the second title is the combined title page probably purposely omitted here since it is present at the beginning of the combined volume.  Individual title plates for the two works are not present in this combined volume although the individual titles are presented on the combined title page and individually on the first page of text of each title.

William Houghton, the author of these two natural history works for children, is best known for his British freshwater fishes of 1879.  The two works combined here were first published separately with eight colored plates each in 1869 and 1870 respectively and then were issued separately in subsequent editions which usually contained fewer colored plates.  According to Freeman (p. 174, #1779) this combined edition was published in 1872 and he mentions no subsequent printings.  The two works are intended to stimulate an interest in natural history in children and are written in a narrative style of a father and his children discussing various aspects of natural history during walks.  According to Mullens and Swann (p. 298) "The ornithological matter…is of no importance".

The illustrations are noteworthy as fine examples of color-printed wood-engravings.  Six of them have been reproduced from Gould's Birds of Great Britain, according to Houghton by R. S. Chattock whom he thanks also for two other plates.   These are the only colored reproductions of Gould's plates of which I know that were color-printed by means other than photomechanical.  Houghton also thanks (William Thomas) Eyton (1809-1880)for the use of various woodcuts.  These may have been done by "Mr. Mark" who did those for Eyton's" A history of the rarer British birds" (1836).  Four of the plates in the second title of the present book were done by A. F. Lydon, for many years the principal artist and wood-engraver working for Benjamin Fawcett whose firm printed many illustrations for Groombridge and Sons, probably including these.

The combined work is rare, listed only by Harvard.  Wood (p. 391) lists the first title as does BM(NH).  Oxford lists original individual editions of both titles.  Neither title is listed by AMNH, Cornell, LOC, Melvyl, NYPL, Smithsonian, Trinity, Yale and Zimmer.



Howard, Henry Eliot (1873-1940)

The / British warblers / a history with problems / of their lives  29.2 x 20.0 cm.  Pagination as indicated below.  Ten parts (1-9, 9*) complete in original linen-backed, gray printed boards, identical in printed matter to the title pages.  Parts 1-9 each contain unpaginated title and content leaves which I have omitted from the collation below.  Part 9*, laid in Part 9, contains conjugate title and content leaves without covers.  Each of the nine fundamental parts has the price of 21 shillings indicated on cover and title leaf.  Uncut.  London, R. H. Porter, 1907-1915 (see below).  Contains 35 (32 bird, 3 egg) chromolithographs by W. Greve of Berlin after Gronvold (ChrL), 51 uncolored photogravure plates after Gronvold by Swan Electric Engraving Co. of London (PhG) and 12 partially colored lithographed leaves of maps by Bale & Danielsson Ltd. Each leaf contains two distribution maps.

Part      Date     ChrL.   PhG.    Maps    Pages                                                  

1          2/07     4          10        2          1-14; 1-24

2          3/08     5          5          2          1-31[32]; 1-3[4].  Inserted slip after page 8

3          2/09     4          9          2          1-36; 1-2; 1-2  Inserted slip after page 6

4          12/09   5          6          0          1-23[24]; 1-20; 1-2; 1-2 (4, Temporary title and                                                          content leaves for volume I.)  Slip after title leaf

5          11/10   5          5          2          1-61[62]1-2

6          12/11   4          4          0          1-29[30]; 1-6; 1-2

7          11/12   3          5          2          1-67[68]; 1-4; 1-3[4]

8          12/13   3          5          0          1-20; 1-3[4]; 1-2; 1-17[18](2, cancel leaf pp. 25-                                                        26, part 7.)  Inserted notice after page [18].

9          10/14   2          2          2          1-2; 1-6; 1-28(general summary and concluding remarks); 1[2](table of measurements); 1-3[4](locations in which eggs were taken); 1-34(index); (2, blank); [i-vi]vii-ix[x]xi[xii](Volume I half-title, title, dedication, preface, contents, collation of letterpress; list of plates; errata.)  [i-iv]v[vi]vii[viii]ix-x(Volume II half-title, title, contents, collation of letterpress, list of plates.)

Part 9*, dated 6/15, consists of conjugate title and content leaves.  Two colored plates and cancel leaves 11-12 and 21-22 for the general summary listed in its contents were inserted as addenda and replacements in Part 9 of this copy.

Unless otherwise indicated, all paginations in this collation reflect descriptive text. In some of these texts that are more than 16 pages there are signatures suggesting that the gatherings contained eight leaves.

This work contains a detailed synonymy, description of plumages at all stages of life, breeding and winter distribution and an exhaustive life history for the 26 species of old world warblers that had been recorded in the British Isles at the time of writing.  I’ve read that it was printed in an edition of 1,000 copies.  It is amongst the most highly regarded monographs and is beautifully illustrated.

Trinity, p. 123; Wood, p. 392; Yale, p. 138; Zimmer, p. 308.

Howell, Arthur H.(olmes)(1872-1940)(illustrated by Jaques, Francis L.[ee][1887-1969])

Florida bird life  24,7 x 19.0 cm.  Pp. [i-vi]vii-xxiv1-579(1).  Contemporary (? Publisher's) green cloth with gilt lettering to spine.  Published by Florida Department of Game and Fresh Water Fish in cooperation with Bureau of Biological Survey, United States Department of Agriculture. New York, , Publishers' Agents Coward-McCann, Inc., 1932. 

i, Half-title; ii, blank; iii, title; iv, copyright for color plates; printer designation: J. J. Little & Ives Company, New York; v, acknowledgment of financial assistance from Marcia Brady Tucker; vi, blank; vii, preface by Paul G. Redington, Chief, Biological Survey; viii, blank; ix, contents; x, blank; xi, list of illustrations and text figures; xv, check list of the birds of Florida; 1, introduction;  6, history of Florida ornithology; 38, birds originally described from Florida; 42, history of bird protection in Florida by Robert W. Williams; 59, physiographic regions; 66, life zones; 73, systematic accounts, Gavia immer-Plectróphenax nivális, comprising 362 species, 61 subspecies; 473, hypothetical list; 476, bibliography; 556, biographical references for deceased contributors to Florida ornithology; 559, index of English and Latin names.  Contains: half-tone plates 1-58 (37 colored after Francis L. Jaques) including folding, stencil-colored map by J. S. Elliot and text figures (maps)1-72.  The colored plates are printed on one side only and are accompanied by a thin guard sheet containing letter-press.  The 20 uncolored plates are photographic and comprise 36 images printed on both sides of 10 leaves.  All plates and their letter-press are not included in pagination.

This is a very comprehensive work on the ornithology of Florida.  Each species account includes: recognition marks; full range; Florida distribution; haunts and habits with nests and eggs where appropriate; and food.  Many species are represented by colored figures in natural settings after Francis Lee Jaques, an extremely talented American artist who did the well known dioramas for habitat groups in the American Museum of Natural History.  There is also an impressive bibliography of 80 pages and even a section with dates and biographical references to deceased ornithological personages who contributed to Florida ornithology.

Arthur Howell worked for the Bureau of Biological Survey (later Fish and Wildlife Service) for his entire adult life and was the author also of Birds of Arkansas (1911) and Birds of Alabama (1924)

This work is listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity and Yale.


Howell, Steve, N. G., Lewington, Ian (artist), and Russell, Will

Rare birds / of North America 24.0 x 16.8 cm. Pp. [i-v]vi-xix(1)[1]2-428. Original publisher’s off-white cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Pictorial dust jacket depicting Siberian Accentor, Princeton and Oxford, Princeton University Press, @2014, first printing.

i, Half-title; ii, blank; iii, title; iv, copyrights, 2014, for Howell (text) and Lewington(text); ISBN 978-0-691-11796-6; printed in China; v, contents; vii, preface; ix, acknowledgments; xi, how to use this book; xvii, geographic terms; xix, half-title; 1, introduction; 43, species accounts; 403, appendix A, species new to North America, fall 2011-summer 2012; 404, appendix B, species of hypothetical occurrence; 408, appendix C, birds new to North America, 1950-2011; 411, literature cited (almost 500 citations); 425, index of English names. Introduction contains text figures 1-24, some colored, some maps. Text contains approximately 275 very good unnumbered half-tone colored illustrations by Lewington depicting every treated species, often with several figures.

This work treats about 262 species that have been recorded in North America five or fewer times annually since 1950. The North American distribution and status of these is given in considerable detail and the worldwide occurrence is briefly described. A section called “comments” contains thoughtful discussions on vagrancy and migration. There are also interesting observations on field identification which are complemented by Lewington”s useful illustrations.

OCLC locates more than 900 copies including ebooks.

Hudson, W.(illiam)H.(enry)(1841-1922)

Lost British birds  21.6 x 13.8 cm.  B-C8[$1,2 signed]; 16 ll.  Pp.  [1]2-32.  Original printed gray upper wrapper serving as title page but not included in pagination.  Lacking lower wrapper.  (London), Society for the Protection of Birds.-No. 14., 1894 (second printing).

Upper wrapper as title page; 1, introduction; 3, text for species I-XIII; 31, conclusion.  Contains uncolored line drawing of St. Kilda Wren on upper cover, tail-piece and 13 unnumbered text line drawings of individual species.

The text covers: Common Crane; Eurasian Spoonbill; Capercaille; Avocet; Great Bustard; Black-tailed Godwit; Great Auk; Red Night-Reeler (Savi’s Warbler); Black Tern; Bittern; Marsh Harrier; Hen Harrier; and Ruff.

The work was expanded by Linda Gardiner in Rare vanishing and lost British birds from notes by W. H. Hudson (Dent, London, 1923).

There were several printings (sometimes called “editions”) of the original work that were dated 1894 and are distinguished by the wrappers.

Wood, p. 393 (printing not stated); also listed by Harvard, 2nd and 3rd printings; Yale, printing unstated; and Trinity, 3rd printing.



Hudson, W(illiam) H(enry)(1841-1922)

Birds in London  21.8 x 15.0 cm.  [A]8B-Y8Z2χ20[$1 signed]; 198 ll.  Pp.[i-v]vi-viii[ix]x-xiv[xv]xvi[1]2-339(1)[1]2-40.  Original green cloth with gilt panel and gilt vignette on upper cover, gilt lettering on spine.  TEG.  London, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1898. 

i, Half-title; iii, title; v, preface; ix, contents; xv, list of illustrations; 1, text; 330, bibliography; 331, index; 1-40, "Messrs. Longmans & Co.'s standard and general works".  Contains 17 full-page half-tone plates including frontispiece and map, the others being scenic and ornithological tableaux after original art by Bryan Hook and A. D. M'Cormick and photographs by R. B. Lodge (the brother of George Lodge).  These plates are not included in the pagination and are printed on recto  only.  Also contains 15 text illustrations by the same artists.

In addition to being a noted writer, Hudson maintained a life-long interest in ornithology as it pertained to Argentina, where he spent his childhood, and England where he lived as an adult.  His most important work was Argentine Ornithology (1882) which he coauthored with P. L. Sclater who contributed the technical ornithological descriptions.  Hudson subsequently issued Birds of La Plata (1920) which contained the same text by him as that in Argentine Ornithology but from which he excised the contribution of Sclater whom he grew to resent.  He was also a persistent critic of John Gould who he felt had not treated him with proper respect as an ornithologist.

The present work is an anecdotal description of the birds Hudson saw in London.  It presents a series of essays on  species whose life in the city  particularly interested him and on the birdlife to be found in various locales within the city.  There is no systematic list of birds.  Hudson seems pessimistic about the future of birdlife in London and deplores the indifference of the city planners to this consideration.  The London I know of the late twentieth century seems to contain many more birds in its parks and to be much more "bird friendly".

Trinity, p. 124; Wood, p. 393 (mistakenly listing "30 pl. (15 col.)"; Yale, p. 139; unlisted by Zimmer.



Hudson, W.(illiam)H.(enry)(1841-1922)(colored pictures by E.(dward)J.(ulius) Detmold

Birds in town / & village  20.8 x 14.2 cm.  Pp.  [i-iv]v-ix(1)(2)[1]2-323(1). Publisher's blue cloth with blind-ruled frame on upper cover containing gilt printing and pheasant design, gilt lettering to spine.  Uncut.  New York, E. P. Dutton (1920).

  i, Half-title; ii, list of books by Hudson and Dutton; iii, title; iv, copyright 1920; printed in the United States of America; v, preface by Hudson dated September, 1919; vii, contents; viii, blank; ix, list of colored illustrations; unpaginated leaf: recto, half-title; verso, blank; 1, birds in a village; 161, exotic birds for Britain; 192, moor-hens in hyde park; 206, the eagle and the canary; 222, chanticleer; 243, in an old garden; 265, birds in a Cornish village.  Contains eight unnumbered plates printed in color half-tone on one side only and not included in pagination.  Also contains seven head- and 22 tail-piece uncolored vignettes.

The English edition of this book was printed and published by Dent in 1919.  The work is largely a reprise of an earlier book (1893) by Hudson entitled Birds in a village.  However, a new section, "Birds in a Cornish village", has been added as have the very attractive colored plates by Edward Detmold.  Although Detmold is much better known as an illustrator of children's books, his first book, which he did with his twin brother at the age of 16, was a collection of chromolithographs of birds.  He continued to maintain an interest in birds and his ornithological paintings are deservedly highly regarded and fetch good prices.  His brother, also a talented artist, committed suicide while still a young man.

The text of this book relates Hudson's ornithological experiences in two villages, one north of London, the other in Cornwall.  There are also some independent essays.  Hudson republished a number of natural history works such as this one with relatively little alteration.

The English edition is paginated differently.  Wood, p. 393; Zimmer, p. 312.  Also listed by AMNH, Cornell (both editions), Harvard (English), Yale (English) and Trinity.


Hudson, W.(illiam)H.(enry)(1841-1922)

Birds / of La Plata  Two volumes.  24.5 x 17.5 cm. Original publisher's quarter tan buckram and gray green cloth. Central gilt ornithological design on upper cover. Gilt lettering to spine.  Top edge dyed green, others uncut.  Original printed brown dust wrappers with price, 37/6, printed on spine.  London and Toronto, J. M. Dent & Sons; New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1920. 

Volume One  π9A-O8P10[$1 signed save for P1, 2]; 131 ll.  Pp.  [i-iv]v-xvii(1)[1]2-244.  i, Half-title; ii, rights statement; iii, title, printed in henna and with ornithological vignette; iv, limitation statement: 1500 copies each, in England and U. S. A.; 200 Large Paper copies; v, introduction; xiii, contents; xvii, list of illustrations; 1, accounts of about 95 species, Turdus leucomela-Rhinocrypta lanceleota; 241, index of English and Latin names; 244, printer designation: The Temple Press, Letchworth.  Contains 11 unnumbered plates after H. Gronvöld printed on one side only in color half-tone and not included in pagination.

Volume Two  π5A-P8; 125 ll.  Pp.  [i-iv]v-ix(1)[1]2-240.  i, Half-title; ii, rights statement; iii, title; iv, limitation statement; v, contents; ix, list of illustrations; 1, accounts of about 95 species, Chlorostilbon splendidus-Rhea american; 237, index; 240, printer designation.  Contains 11 colored plates.

This work is a reissue with new colored plates specifically of those parts of Argentine Ornithology (1887-1888) that Hudson had written.  To understand why Hudson felt the need to publish this consider the following statements from page v of the introduction: "The late Philip Lutley Sclater, who was at that time the chief authority in this country (England) on South American Ornithology, collaborated with me to the extent of arranging the material in accordance with the most popular system of classification, and also adding descriptions, synonymy etc., of the species unknown to me.  All this matter which he contributed in order to make a complete list, I have thrown out………..The original work was thus out of date as soon as published, and the only interest it still retains for the reader is in the account of the birds' habits contributed by me."  On the title page of the original work, Hudson is listed as a sub author "With notes on their habits by W. H. Hudson".

Hudson's accounts here comprise 190 species whereas the original work covered 434.  Hudson solicited new colored plates for this book because those in the original edition were hand-colored lithographs, long since abandoned as too costly.

There were 200 numbered Large Paper (30 cm) sets with the plates mounted.

Wood, p. 393; Zimmer, p. 312.  Also listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity, Yale.


Hudson, W.(illiam)H.(enry)(1841-1922)

British birds / by W. H. Hudson /  with a chapter on structure and classification / by Frank E.(vers)Beddard (1858-1925.  19.9 x 14.0 cm.  π8a4B-Z8AA4BB2[$1, 2 signed]; 194 ll.  Pp.  (2)[1-v]vi-xxii[1]2-363(1).  Publisher's gilt-ruled green cloth with gilt song thrush on upper cover, gilt lettering to spine.  Black endpapers.  TEG.  London and New York, Longmans, Green and Co., 1895.

  π1r-v, blank; i, half-title; ii, publisher's advertisements; iii, title; iv, blank; v, contents; xv, list of illustrations; xx, introduction; 1, anatomy of a bird; 34, classification; 39, systematic accounts, Turdus viscivorus-Fratercula arctica comprising about 210 species; 352, index of English and scientific names; 363, printer designation: Spottiswoode and Co., London.  Contains: chromolithographic plates I(frontispiece)-VIII, after A. Thorburn by Danielsson and Co., London; eight unnumbered, uncolored half-tone plates by G. E. Lodge printed on one side only and not included in pagination; uncolored text figures 1-120 comprising 17 line anatomical illustrations, three after photographs by R. B. Lodge, and 100 half-tone portraits by G. E. Lodge.

This is the original edition of a deservedly popular book by W. H. Hudson, a fine writer with a very keen life-long interest in ornithology.  Hudson restricts himself here to residents and regular migrants thereby eliminating about 165 occasional visitants or stragglers.  The emphasis is very much on the life history of each species although there is also a brief description.  The illustrations are a great asset.  The chromolithographs after Thorburn are superbly printed and quite comparable to the best of those in Lilford's Coloured Figures…

George Lodge was still at a relatively early stage in his career and with eight composite plates and 100 portraits, this popular book provided the opportunity for his work to be appreciated by a large audience.   The work is handsome and well done.

The book was reprinted several times and I have seen dates of 1902, 1906, 1911, 1921 and 1923, the latter with a J. M. Dent imprint.  Later issues had the plates in color half-tone rather than chromolithography but I'm not certain when the change occurred.

Wood, p. 393.  This original edition also listed by Cornell, Harvard, Yale but not by AMNH, Trinity, Zimmer.


Hudson, W.(illiam)H.(enry)(1841-1922)

Idle days in Patagonia  22.5 x 14.5 cm.  [A]4B-R8S2[$1, 2 signed]; 134 ll.  Pp.  [i-vi]vii-viii[1]2-256[12]22-42..  Publisher's red cloth with gilt design on upper cover, gilt lettering to spine. Bottle green endpapers.  Bookplate of Charles J. Wilson on upper pastedown.  Indelible stamps of Radcliffe Library, Oxford University on half-title, title.  London, Chapman & Hall, 1893. 

i, Half-title; ii, "This Edition consists of 1750 Copies. / January 1893."; iii, title with vignette; iv, blank; v, contents; vii, list of illustrations; viii, acknowledgement that more than half of the chapters were based on articles previously published in periodicals; 1-251(1), text; 253, index including Latin and English zoological names; 256, printer designation: Gilbert and Rivington Ld, Clerkenwee, E. C. 12-42, published reviews of The naturalist in La Plata. There is also a 20 ll (40 pp.) "A / catalogue of books / published by / Chapman & Hall, / Limited." bound at the end.  Contains four unnumbered, uncolored half-tone plates (three, including frontispiece, after Alfred Hartley and J. Smit) not included in pagination, 23 unnumbered, uncolored half-tones on title page and in text (13 by Hartley, 12 by Smit).

This is Hudson's second book, after The naturalist in La Plata,  dealing with the natural history of Argentina in which he grew up.  Much of the material had been previously published in periodicals.  The text comprises a series of anecdotes embellished with related historical perceptions. 

The zoological illustrations by Smit are very good and are early examples of the use of half-tone for printing text graphics.

The work was reprinted many times.

This original Chapman & Hall edition listed by Cornell, Harvard, Yale.  Not listed by Wood, Zimmer, AMNH, Trinity.


Hudson, W.(illiam)H.(enry)(1841-1922)(compiled by Linda Gardiner) (with 25 coloured plates by H. Grönvold).

Rare / vanishing & lost / British birds / compiled from notes by / W. H. Hudson  22.0 x 15.3 cm.  π10A-G8H4[$1 signed]; 70 ll.  Pp.  [I-iv]v-xix(1)[1]2-120.  Publisher's green cloth with dendrological block design on blind paneled upper cover, gilt lettering to spine.  Top edge dyed green.  London and Toronto, J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd., New York, E. P. Dutton & Co., 1923. 

i, Half-title; ii, blank; iii, title; iv, "printed in Great Britain"; v, foreword by Gardiner; xi, preface to the first edition (Lost British birds, 1894);  xvi, blank; xvii, contents; xviii, blank; xix, list of plates; 1, accounts and colored plates of species I-XXV; 110, allusions in poetry; 115, list of writers, extracts of whose work were appended to Hudson's notes for the present work; 117, general index including English bird names; 120, printer designation: The Temple Press, Letchworth.  Contains 25 unnumbered plates after Henrik Grönvold (1858-1940) printed in color half-tone on one side only and not included in pagination.

This posthumous  work is an expansion that Hudson had been planning of a pamphlet, "Lost British Birds", that he had published in 1894.  The original version described but 13 species whereas this one deals with 25.  The only two passerine birds amongst them are savi's warbler, long extinct in the British Isles, and the golden oriole which has increased significantly since Hudson's day.  The book is a general lament and an angry condemnation of "cockney sportsmen", gamekeepers, and particularly collectors.  There are literary quotations alluding to these species in the past as well as recapitulations of their status at various times as gleaned from the writings of contemporary ornithologists.  The plates by the very prolific, talented, and largely unrecognized ornithological artist, Henrik Grönvold, are a most appealing asset of this book.  I had occasion once to examine the small but outstanding original paintings from which they were reproduced.

Wood, p. 393; Zimmer, p. 312.  Listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity, Yale.


Hüe, François, Etchécopar, R.(obert)D.(aniel) (illustré par Paul Barruel[1901-1982])

Les oiseaux / du Proche / et du / Moyen Orient / de la Méditerranée aux contreforts de l'Himalaya  24.0 x 16.1 cm.  Pp.  [1-7]8-948[949-952].  Publisher's red cloth with gilt lettering on upper cover and spine.  Pictorial dust jacket.  Ouvrage publié avec le concours du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).  Paris, Éditions N. Boubée et Cie, 1979.  Contains signed manuscript letter from Etchécopar and errata leaf laid in loosely. 

1-2, blank; 3, half-title; 4, frontispiece line sketch map showing author's itineraries; 5 title; 6, copyright 1970; 7, préface par Jean Dorst; 9, introduction; 21-893(1), systematic accounts, Struthio camelus-Passer simplex, comprising around 670 species; 895, bibliographie (around 600 entries); 923, index of French and Latin names; 937, index of German names; 943, index of English names; 949, list of plates; 951, table of contents; 952, credits: printed by l'Imprimerie il Resto de Carlino Officine Grafiche, Bologna, Italy and Imprimerie D'Haussy & Cie, Tourcoing; printing completed December 1970.  Contains colored plates I-XXX (so enumerated on facing letter-press, 1-30 in list) displaying about 290 species and uncolored plates A-B displaying 25 species (A faces page 120 not 112 as called for in list); plates all printed on in half-tone on both sides of leaf save two cases in which letter press is printed on obverse; thus 32 plates printed on 33 leaves, all excluded from pagination;  about  356 unnumbered text line drawings; frontispiece uncolored sketch map and two folding uncolored line maps bound at rear; about 429 unnumbered text distribution maps.

The authors were interested in the avifauna of the desert expanse extending from North Africa through the Gobi desert and they had already written an account of the bird life of North Africa (Les oiseaux du Nord de l'Afrique[1964]).  During the six years preceding publication of this book they did considerable ornithological exploration in the area covered by the work.  Their research was partially supported by the prestigious CNRS, the government agency responsible for financing scientific investigation. 

This handsome book describes almost 700 species providing for each: a length measurement; description; habits and habitats; nesting if it occurs in the region; local distribution and subspecies; world-wide distribution.  Virtually every species is well illustrated by Paul Barruel, almost half with colored figures.  The area covered includes large land masses such as Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey about whose bird life little was known.

The work is listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity and Yale.


Hume, A(llan) O(ctavian) (1829-1912)

A list / of the / birds of India  21.9 x 14.1 cm.  Pp.  [1]2-36.  Later plain gray wrappers.  No place, no date (?Calcutta, ca. 1870).  Some knowledgeable annotations in pencil.

This is a list, numbered 1-1008 with an additional “bis” for some species, of the Latin names of all birds found in India.  At the beginning of the list, Hume writes “The numbers are those of Dr. Jerdon’s work (1862-1864); the names have been corrected according to Mr. Blyth’s (1810-1873) commentary on Jerdon and other late writers” 

On page 2 of his Contributions to Indian Ornithology (London, 1873), Hume refers to what I take to be this list as “my MS catalogue”.  He adds seven new species including Falco Hendersoni which he includes as 8 bis.  The present list lacks Falco Hendersoni as well as the other new species and has Falco Peregrinus as number 8 so it was printed before 1873 and after 1864.

Evidently, it must have been printed for private circulation only, since Hume describes it as a manuscript.

Presumably, this list was a precursor for Hume’s later (1879), more extensive publication in Stray Feathers of A Rough Tentative List of the Birds of India.

Other than what I have cited above, I could find no reference to this list.


Hume, A.(llan)O.(ctavian)(1829-1912)

Contributions / to / Indian ornithology / No. I. / Cashmere. / Ladak. / Yarkand.  25.2 x 16.0 cm.  [a]8B-K8[$1, 2 signed]; 80 ll (including initial blank).  Pp.  (8)[1]2-152.  Original publisher's pebbled green cloth with blind paneling on covers, gilt-embossed publisher's logo on upper cover, gilt lettering to spine.  Yellow endpapers.  London, L. Reeve & Co., 1873.  16 Pp. publisher's catalogue (22.5 x 14.0 cm) bound between end of text and lower free endpaper.  Sharland copy bequeathed to North Devon Athenaeum with their stamp in verso of title leaf and the blank margin of a few text leaves. 

A1r-A1v, blank; A2r, half-title; A2v, blank; A3r, title; A3v, printer designation: London: Savill, Edwards and Co.; A4r, preface dated Sept. 1, 1872; A4v, blank; 1, resumé of ornithological results of 1870 Yarkand expedition; 18, detailed list of birds seen during expedition.  Contains hand-colored lithographic plates I-XXXII after Keulemans, probably by P. W. M. Trap.  Also contains eight unnumbered, uncolored text figures, most depicting anatomical parts.

The preface by Hume explains "For the use and convenience of brother ornithologists in India, I have excerpted from Dr. Henderson's work, Lahore to Yarkand, the ornithological portion which formed my contribution to the book , and have had it bound separately in this form." Hume was a large figure in 19th century Indian ornithology, the founder and editor of the journal, Stray Feathers, and the principal author of The Game Birds of India, Burmah, and Ceylon as well as many other works.  A civil servant, he was reputed to be a prodigious intellect.  In this book, he lists the 158 species collected by Henderson with emphasis on the 59 found in Yarkand, until then a barren, ornithologically unknown, upper Himalayan region. Six or seven species are considered to be new including Henderson's Ground Jay (Podeces hendersoni) and Hume's Ground Chough (Podeces humilis )

For each species, Hume provides the source of original nomenclature; status and distribution; and specific descriptive points of interest including measurements; there is finally a section of notes initialed either A. O. H. (Hume) or G. H. (George Henderson), the latter supplying all the field observations.  Some of these can be quite detailed and can include material on behavior, nesting and eggs.

 This is one of a small number of books containing a substantial number of hand-colored plates depicting Indian birds.  The others that come immediately to mind are J. E. Gray's Ilustrations of Indian Zoology and Jerdon's Illustrations of Indian Ornithology.

This specially bound extract of Hume's contribution is much rarer than Henderson's report on the expedition as a whole and is unlisted by AMNH, Berkeley, BMNY, Cornell, Harvard, LOC, Oxford, Smithsonian, Trinity, Wood and Zimmer.  All of these collections, save that at Trinity, possess the larger work on the expedition.  Yale lists both works.


Hume, A.(lan)O.(ctavian)(1829-1912), Marshall, C.(harles)H.(enry)T.(ilson)(1841-1927)

The / game birds / of / India, Burmah, and Ceylon  Three volumes. 24.0 x 15.5 cm.  Late 20th century marbled boards with gilt black paper lettering pieces on spine.  Calcutta: A. O. Hume and C. H. T. Marshall, 8 Hastings' Street

Volume I.  (1879, dated preface).  π4[1]42-354[$1 signed]; 144 ll.  Pp.  (2)[1]2(2)[i]ii[1]2-279[280].  π1r, wood-engraved title page; π1v, blank; π2r-π2v, preface by Hume; π3r, supplementary preface by Marshall; π3v, blank; π4r-π4v, contents;1-279, species accounts; 280, printer designation; A. Acton, Calcutta Central Press Company, Limited.  Contains inserted printed slips facing second page of Hume's preface and pages 114, 152, 176, 202 and 248.  Also contains 45 unnumbered chromolithographic plates of birds.

Volume II.  1880 (from inserted slip).  π2[1]42-334; 134 ll.  Pp. (2)[i]ii[1]2-264.  π1r, wood-engraved title page; π1v, blank; π2r-π2v, contents; 1-264, species accounts; 264, printer designation.  Printed slip inserted after title leaf.  Contains 44 unnumbered chromolithographic plates of birds.

Volume III.  1881.  π2A-F24G26;[$1signed]; 224 ll (24 letter alphabet omitting only J and U; A, A1, A2 sequence).  Pp.  (2)[i]ii[1]2-438[i2]ii2-vi.  π1r, engraved title; π1v, blank; π2r-π2v, contents; 1, species accounts; 422, advertisement for Stray Feathers (journal edited by Hume and printed by the Calcutta Central Press Company); 423, appendix; i2-vi, index; vi, printer designation.  Contains 51 unnumbered chromolithographic plates of birds and four of eggs.

The artists for the 144 colored plates in this book were: W. Foster, 57; E. Neale; 44; A. W. Strutt, 26 including all four egg plates; Stanley Wilson, seven; undesignated, four; S. Herbert, three; M. Herbert, two; and C. Davenport, one.  Most were printed by F. Waller Chromo-Lith, London, the others by "Hanhart" (quality appears much inferior to those of M. & N. Hanhart). 

Each title page contains a different wood-engraved ornithological design. Two of these are signed "Pearson Sc".  There are many wood-engraved initial letters and tail piece designs.

The two prefaces make very clear who the driving force was in this venture.  Hume is credited by both men with the writing.  Marshall's role was to secure the illustrations upon which Hume heaps unmitigated  scorn.  Hume mentions the need for around 150, 000 colored plates so we may assume that approximately 1, 000 copies of the book were printed.

The work covers exhaustively almost 150 species of birds.  Hume is a ferocious writer, pouring everything he has ever heard about each species into his account.  He provides the source of original nomenclature; vernacular names; local and general distribution with dates of passage where indicated; descriptions of the coloring of fresh soft parts; relevant measurements; aspects of life history including food and habits as well as nest and egg characteristics; and a large measure of anecdotes from correspondents, often pertaining to hunting.  There is a section for each species devoted solely to the deficiencies of the colored plate by which it is represented, a constant lament throughout the three volumes.

I have seen advertised a copy of this work with a London (Bernard Quaritch) imprint.

Wood, p. 394; Zimmer, p. 314.  The work is also present at AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity and Yale.


Hume, Allan (Octavian)(1829-1912)

Nests and eggs / of / Indian birds // rough draft / Part I (II, III)  Three parts with consecutive signatures and pagination.  Parts I, II, 24.3 x 16.9, Part III, 25.3 x 17.8 cm.  Uncut in original printed gray brown card covers.  Calcutta: Office of the Superintendent of Government Printing, 1873, 1874, 1875.  Signatures comprise a 24 letter alphabet omitting only j and v.

Part I.  π3[A]4B-2E42F2[$1 signed]; 121 ll.  Pp.  (4)[1]2[1]2-236.  π1r title;  π1v, blank; π2r, dedication to Brian Hodgson; π2v, blank; π3r-π3v, preface; 236, text through species #371.  Flyleaf of this part contains printed designation "With the Author's compliments".

Part II. π[2F]22G-3N4X; 128 ll.  Pp.  (2)237-489[490].  πr, note to reader; πv, blank; 237-489, text through species #769.

Part III.  π23O-4K44L2; 88 ll.  Pp. [1]2-3[4]491-662.  π1r-π2r, postscript date 31st December, 1874; 491-662, text through species #1008.  Note to binder inserted before π1.

This work, entirely a Raj production, was intended as a guide to Hume's correspondents in British India so they might be able to supply him with specific information which it lacked.  He tells us that there were approximately 60 such correspondents and I doubt that the print run of this work was much larger than that figure.  Hume commented that "this rough draft is miserably imperfect" and he hoped, when he issued the third and last part, "after a lapse of one year…to re-issue a materially revised and enlarged edition in one volume".  Actually, the much commoner revised edition, edited by Eugene Oates to whom Hume had given it, was published in three volumes by R. H. Porter of London in 1889-1890 and was not, in my view a bona fide Raj book i.e. it was not produced in British India.

Hume tells us that the Rough Draft gives some information about approximately 660 species but that there are at least an additional 400 for which there is no information.  He uses Jerdon's system for numbering species.  He also tells us of plans to publish a Conspectus for the Avi Fauna of India and its Dependencies of which the present work will form section IV, Nidification and Eggs, subsection a, Within our Limits.  He refers to this project, which never materialized, at least in the form envisioned, as "my great work".

BM(NH), p. 891; Zimmer, p. 313.  Absent from McGill, Trinity and Yale catalogs.


Hume, Edgar Erskine (1889-)


Ornithologists / of the / United States army / medical corps / thirty six biographies  25.8 x 18.0 cm.   Pp.  [i-vi]vii-xxv(1)1-583(1).  Original publisher's beige cloth wit brown rules, lettering and medallion on upper cover and spine.  Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins Press, 1942.

i, volume half-title; ii, series title: Publications of the institute of the history of medicine / the Johns Hopkins University / first series: monographs / volume I; volume half-title; iii, title; iv, copyright 1942; printed by J. H. Furst Co., Baltimore; v, dedication; vi, blank; vii, contents; x, blank; xi, list of illustrations; xvi, blank; xvii, acknowledgments; xxii, blank; xxiii, foreword by Alexander Wetmore; 1, introduction; 11, biographies; 550, summary of biographical data; 551, ornithologists in the US army during the first world war; 553, conclusions; 555, index including common and generic names of birds.  Contains: uncolored, copper-engraved frontispiece by and after William Wallace Anderson; uncolored photographic figures 1-3, 4a, 4b, 5-109, almost all full-page with consecutive text on obverses and included in pagination; plate 62 is page 354 but is mistakenly cited as page 359, in the list of plates.

This book provides interesting material assembled from many sources that deals with contributions to ornithology made by army personnel.  Much basic ornithological information on western American birds was obtained during military, exploring and surveying operations carried out by such personnel during the second half of the 19th century.  Spencer Baird was the spiritual guiding force behind this unusual army function and Elliott Coues was its best known practitioner.  Each biography contains at least one photograph of its subject as well as a list of principal biographical sources.

The author attained the rank of Lieutenant-colonel and was a prolific writer on the achievements of the US army medical corps and on various military figures.

An unusual feature of this book is what appears to be a bona fide copper-engraved frontispiece, said to be printed from the original plate. 

There was an Arno reprint of the book published in 1978.

Listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity and Yale.


Hunter, Clark

The life and letters of / Alexander Wilson  24.8 x 16.3 cm.  Pp.  [i-iv]v-xi[xii]1-456(4, including blank leaf and colophon with limitation statement of 2,000 copies); 236 ll.  Original green cloth with gilt lettering on spine and gilt medallion of the American Philosophical Society on upper cover.  Pictorial dust jacket. Philadelphia, American Philosophical Society, 1983.  Volume 154 of the Memoirs series. 

i, Half-title; ii, blank; iii, title; iv, copyright; v, contents; ix, list of illustrations; 1, introduction; 13, life of Wilson; 115, letters; 407, appendixes including: 407, legal documents; 429, advertisement by Paisley Reformers; 433, naturalization certificate; 435, last will; 439, bibliography; 446, index.  Contains Figures full-page unpaginated Figures 1-20(Fig. 18 double-page) and three maps on 12 leaves and text Figure 21 after a drawing by Wilson. Also contains several sepia head-pieces after wood blocks by Bewick.

The author, a native Scotsman, writes from the perspective of nationalistic pride that “Wilson was more than an ornithologist….He was the archetypal ’lad o’ pairts’ , of many parts, famous in Scottish folk lore”.


Hyman, Susan  (introduction by Hofer, Philip)

Edward / Lear's / birds  35.5 x 25.5 cm.  [1-5]6-96.  Original publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine.  Gray endpapers.  Pictorial dust jacket with printed original price of $37.95 on upper flap.  New York, William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1980. 

1, Half-title; 2, blank; 3, title with cartoon; 4, dedication to father; copyright; "First published in Great Britain by George Weidenfeld & Nicolson Limited"; ISBN 0-688-03671-6; credits: designed by Allison Waterhouse; colour separations by Newsele Litho Limited: printed in Italy by L. E. G. O., Vicenza; 5, contents; 6, acknowledgments; 7, list of color plates; 9, introduction by Hofer (Curator emeritus, Houghton Library); 10, silhouette of Lear; 11, plates and text; 90, chronology of Lear's life; 91 bibliography of: books written and/or illustrated by Lear; books on bird books and ornithology; further references; 94, sources of pictures; 95, general index with bird names alphabetized in English but also supplied in Latin.  Contains approximately  38 unnumbered text illustrations printed in color half-tone (six double-page, 21 full-page) and 51 uncolored line or half-tone illustrations (one full-page).

This is a biography of Lear written by an art historian with an interest in natural history.  Although perhaps better known generally for his nonsense rhymes and limericks, Lear has always been recognized as a fine ornithological artist.  He was at his best when he could actually study the living bird at his leisure as was the case for the subjects of his own Illustrations of the family Psittacidae…(1830-1832) and for those in John Edward Gray's Gleanings from the menagerie at Knowsley Hall (1846).  His fine large pictures for Gould's Birds of Europe (1832-1837) and Gould's Monograph of the Rhamphastidae (1834) have also received much deserved praise.  He was much less successful at rendering birds that he could only examine from skins or stuffed specimens such as those he did for The Zoology of Captain Beechey's Voyage (1839).  His monograph on parrots, begun when he was still in his teens, was the first ornithological work with hand-colored lithographs in large format and was the inspiration for Gould's comparable works.

Lear was a complex man whose artistic career is well chronicled in this book.  He abandoned formal animal illustration at an early stage and devoted himself to nonsense rhymes and to landscape paintings, yet the author feels that, in the former especially, he often revealed himself as a trained naturalist. 

The work is listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity and Yale.


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