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Soffer Ornithology Collection Notes (alphabetical by author)

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Oates, Eugene W(illiam) (1845-1911), W(illiam) T(homas) Blanford (1832-1905). The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma   Birds.

Oates, Frank (1840-1875) (Oates, C.[harles]. G.[eorge], editor). Matabele Land and the Victoria Falls A naturalist's wanderings in the interior of  South Africa From the letters & journals of the late Frank Oates.

Oatley, Terry (illustrated by Arnott, Graeme). Robins of Africa.

Oberholser, Harry (1870-1963) et al.  The bird life of Texas

Offprints and Extracts, French, from the library of Elwes, Henry John (1846-1922).

Ogawa, Minori (died between 1905 and 1908). Notes on Mr. Alan Owston's collection of birds....

Ogilby, W. On the characters and description of a new genus of Carnivora, called Cynictis.

Ogilvie-Grant, William Robert (1863-1924). On the birds of the Philippine Islands

Ogilvie-Grant, William Robert (1863-1924). A hand-book to the game-birds.

Ogilvie-Grant, W(illiam) R(obert) (1863-1924). Reports on the collections made by the British Ornithologists' Union expedition....

Ohara, Koson  (Newland, Amy Reigle, Perrée, Jan, and Schaap, Robert). Crows, cranes & cammelias the natural world of Ohara Koson 1877-1945.

Ohara, Koson  (1877-1945). Ohara Koson artist of Kacho-ga. prints of birds and flowers.

Olivera Pinto, O. M. de Catalogo das aves do Brasil e lista dos exemplares

Olsen, Penny. Feather and brush three centuries of Australian bird art.

Olsen, Penny  An eye for nature  The life and art of William T. Cooper

O'Neill, John P.  Great Texas birds

Oort, Eduard Daniel van (1876-1933) (Brouwer, G. A., species numbered 303-362). Ornithologia Neerlandica de vogels van Nederland.

Orbigny, (Alcide) Charles d' (Victor Dessalines)(1806-1876)(Editor). Dictionnaire universel d'histoire naturelle.

(Orbigny, Alcide Dessalines d')(1892-1857). Galerie ornithologique collection d' oiseaux d'Europe.

(Ord, George[1781-1866]), Guthrie, William (1708-1770). A new geographical, historical, and commercial grammar....

Ord, G. (Rhoads, S. N.). A reprint of the North American zoology by George Ord....

Oustalet, E(mile). Mission scientifique du Cap Horn

Owen, Richard (1804-1892). On the sacculated form of stomach as it exists in the genus Semnopithecus F. Cuv.


Oates, Eugene W(illiam) (1845-1911), and W(illiam) T(homas) Blanford (1832-1905).

The fauna of British India / including / Ceylon and Burma /// Birds  Four volumes.  23.0 x 15.7 cm.  Original publisher's red cloth with double blind-ruled panel on upper cover, gilt rules and lettering to spine.  Black enpapers.  London, Taylor and Francis by Authority of the Secretary of State for India in Council, 1889-1898.

Vol. I. By Eugene W. Oates 1889.  a8b2B-2M82N6[$1, 2 signed]; 288 ll.  Pp.  [i-iii]iv-xx[1]2-556.  i, Title; ii, printer's imprint: Taylor and Francis, London; iii, preface by Blanford; xi, topography of a bird with line diagram; xii, anatomical terms; xiii, systematic index; systematic text including definition of orders, family, generic and specific keys, and species 1-556, Corvus corax-Sturnopastor superciliaris; 545, alphabetical index of Latin names; 556, printer designation: Taylor and Francis.  Contains seven unnumbered, uncolored text wood engravings of anatomical parts and uncolored text wood-engraved figures 1-163 after P. J. Smit.

Vol. II.  By Eugene W. Oates 1890.  a4b2(-b2)B-2C82D6(-2D6); 210 ll.  Pp. [i-iii]iv-x[1]2-407(1)(2, list of titles in Fauna of British India).  i, Title; ii, printer's imprint; iii, preface by Blanford; v, systematic index; 1, systematic text, species 557-936, Muscicapa grisola-Pitta gurneyi; 397, index; 407, printer designation.  Contains text figures 1-107.

Vol. III.  By W. T. Blanford  1895,  [a]4b4(-b4)B-2F82G2(-2G2); 232 ll.  Pp. [i-iii]iv-xiv[1]2-450.  i, Title; ii, printer's imprint; iii, preface; vii, figures to illustrate structure of palate; ix, systematic index; 1, systematic text, species 937-1270, Eurylaemus javanicus-Poliohierax insignis; 437, index; 450, printer designation.  Contains four unnumbered text anatomical engravings and figures 1-102.

Vol. IV.  By W. T. Blanford  1898.  [a]8b2c2(-c2)B-2I82K4(-2K4); 262 ll.  Pp.  [i-iii]iv-xxi(1)[1]2-500(2, list of titles in FBI). i, Title; ii, printer's impring; iii, preface; vii, list of principal works quoted in the synonymy; xiv, blank; xv, systematic index; 1, systematic text, species 1271-1617, Crocopus phoenicopterus-Podiceps albipennis; 477, appendix (addenda); 487, index; 500, printer designation.  Contains figures 1-127.

This work succeeded Jerdon's The Birds of India (1862-1864) as the authoritative standard for the area and was in turn succeeded by E. C. Stuart Baker's Birds of British India (1922-1930), sometimes unfairly considered a "second edition" of it.  It is a complete handbook which provides, for each of more than 1600 species, synonymy; a description with measurements; distribution and status; and habits including information on food nests and eggs.  The Raj was a place of intense ornithological study by British civil servants and military personnel. Allan Hume's collection alone numbered 60,000 skins which eventually found their way to the British Museum.  Although the birds of India had been a source of great interest to the British since the late 18th century, Jerdon's work was the first published comprehensive account.  I use the term "published" because Christopher Webb Smith wrote an extensive manuscript and supplemented it with more than 300 water colors around 1828.  That work was never published but I did have the opportunity to examine it at the auction of Bradley Martin's library (lot #209) where its importance went unrealized.

The excellent text illustrations in this book are mainly wood engravings of heads by P. J. Smit, who, like his father Joseph, was an extremely able and prolific natural history artist.

Wood, p. 497; Zimmer, p. 471.  Also listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity and Yale.


Oates, Frank (1840-1875) (Oates, C.[harles]. G.[eorge], editor)

Matabele Land / and / the Victoria Falls / A naturalist's wanderings in the interior / of  South Africa / From the letters & journals of the late / Frank Oates  Edited by C. G. Oates.  Second Edition.  22.5 x 15.0 cm.  [a]8b2(-b2)c-d8B-S8[T]8U-Y8Z22A-2D82E62F8χ[$1 signed]; 242 ll.  Pp.  [i-v]v-xlix(1)[1]2-433(1).  Original publisher's beveled olive cloth.  Gilt and black decoration of zebras and palm trees on upper cover, of bustard on lower cover, and of horns of sable antelope on spine.  Black lettering on upper cover, gilt lettering on spine.  Side and lower edges uncut.  London, Kegan, Paul, Trench & Co., 1889. 

i, Half-title; ii, blank; iii, title with engraved vignette of gazelle head; iv, blank; v, preface to the second edition; xi, preface to the first (1881) edition; xix, memoir; xliii, contents; xlvii, list of illustrations;1-273(1), travel narrative; 275, appendix including 275, I., ethnology by George Rolleston; 298, II., ornithology by R. B. Sharpe; 336, III., herpetology by Albert Günther; 338, IV, entomology by J. O. Westwood; 390, V., botany by R. Allen Rolfe; 414, VI., list of native words from F. Oates's note-books; 417, index; 433, printer designation: R. & R. Clarke, Edinburgh.  Contains four unnumbered folding engraved maps by Edward Weller, three uncolored save for hand-colored route in red, one of the southeastern Africa with considerable hand-coloring; six unnumbered chromolithographic plates after W. E. Oates (5) and Frank Oates (1) by "Mr. Kaufmann"; two full-page uncolored woodcut plates (one ornithological) after W. E. Oates printed on one side only and not included in pagination; 35 unnumbered, uncolored text illustrations (six ornithological), most attributed to W. E. Oates but some of these signed by J. Smit, the woodcuts all executed by Pearson;  lithographic plates I-XIV, all in appendix and all colored save one of insects by Westwood including: two after Keulemans, printed by Hanhart; the remaining 12 all printed by Mintern Bros. comprising two of snakes after R. Mintern; five of insects after Westwood (4) and W. Purkiss (1); and five botanical after W. H. Fitch.

Frank Oates died during the expedition (1873-1875) that he mounted into this then remote part of Africa and the present work was assembled posthumously by his brother, Charles. G. Oates.  Another brother, William E. Oates, had been present for part of the trip. The relationship of these three brothers to Eugene William Oates (1845-1911), a contemporary  authority on Indian birds, is unclear to me.  The first edition of this book was published in 1881 and many copies were lost in a fire.  This second edition was revised and enlarged including the addition of four natural history plates, one of beetles and three by W. H. Fitch of botanical subjects.  The authors and artists selected by Charles Oates to contribute to the appendix were all well recognized authorities on their subjects and the book is handsome, interesting, well produced, and scientifically accurate for its time.

Frank Oates must have had a considerable interest in birds because his collection contained 213 species that Sharpe lists in the ornithological section of the appendix together with Oates's field notes concerning them.  Sharpe considered one of them to be a new species.  Sharpe mentions that the birds in this collection had been identified by G. E. Shelley before he, Sharpe, had been assigned the task of writing the appendix.  My own copy of Shelley's Birds of Africa is stamped "Bibliotheca Oatesiana MCM" on the title page and bears the bookplate and signature of Robert Washington Oates, perhaps a nephew of Frank Oates.

Wood, p. 497.  Also listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Yale.  Unlisted by Trinity, Zimmer.


Oatley, Terry (illustrated by Arnott, Graeme)

Robins / of Africa  29.9 x 23.1 cm.  Pp.  [1-5]6-288.  144 Ll.  Original blue cloth.  Endpapers decorated with pencil sketches, colored pictorial dust jacket.  Acorn Books and Russel Friedman Books, Randburg, South Africa, 1998. 

1, Half-title; 3, title; 4, publication and production data; 5, contents; 6, publishers’ acknowledgements; 7, foreword; 9, acknowledgements; 11, introduction; 17, species (33) accounts; 175, songs, vocal mimicry; 189, food, feeding, foraging associations; 209, altitudinal and other migrations; 221, robins and cuckoos; 237, life, death, population; 253, subspecies, evolution, systematics; 263, ecosystems, conservation; 273, list of common and scientific names; 275, references; 277, bibliography; 281, index; 285, subscribers.  Contains 37 unnumbered colored plates after Arnott despite 36 being advertised in the jacket blurb.  Also contains a full-page colored map, like the plates included in pagination. Contains numerous unnumbered fine text pencil sketches by Arnott including eight that are full-page. 

This is a beautifully produced work that covers 33 African “robins”.  The author defines “robin” as a Passerine bird with relatively large eyes and a slender bill as well as a penchant for dense low foliage.  He also makes a case for considering the families of old world warblers, old world flycatchers and thrushes, all of which contain one or more species known as “robins” as a single large family or superfamily.

Thirty-three species are described and illustrated in this work.  There is a distribution map for each and the subjects covered include, besides distribution, identification and habits;  habitat; vocalizations; breeding biology and geographical variation.  In addition, weightier biological generalizations are discussed as indicated by the chapter headings outlined above.

Oberholser, Harry C. (1870-1963)(author), Kincaid, Edgar B. Jr.(editor)Fuertes, Louis Agassiz (1874-1927) (artist)

 The bird life of Texas Two volumes.  30.5 x 22.8 cm.  Publisher’s green cloth with title labeling piece and gilt lettering to spine.  Green, patterned endpapers.  Austin and London, University of Texas Press, (1974).  Presented in green, paper covered cardboard slipcase with color plate mounted on lower cover and labeling piece mounted on spine.

 Volume One.  [i-xi]xii-xxviii[1-2]3-530.  i, “Number One / The Corrie Herring Hooks Series”; ii, blank; iii, half-title; iv, blank; v, title; vi, copyright; ISBN number, 0-292-70711-8; LOC card number 73-21216; text printed by TJM Corporation, Baton Rouge; color separations by Hart Graphics Inc., Austin; color plates printed by Steck Warlick Company, Dallas; binding by Universal Bookbindery, Inc., San Antonio; vii, dedication, with portrait, to Corrie Herring Hooks; viii, blank; ix, foreword by Pat Nixon, M. D.; x, photograph of Oberholser; xi, preface; xiii, contents; xv, illustrations; xvii, acknowledgments; xix, editor’s introduction; 1, second half-title; 2, blank; 3, history of Texas ornithology; 9, ecology of Texas birds; 54, systematic accounts, Gavia immer-Campephilus principalis

 Contains color half-tone frontispiece and plates 1-17 printed on one side only and not included in pagination.  There are 21 unnumbered and uncolored illustrations of birds on 18 leaves that contain continuous printed text on their other sides and are included in pagination.  There are also 38 unnumbered, uncolored photographs, many full-page, as well as two full-page maps.  Finally, there are 11 unnumbered anatomical drawings by Nancy McGowan on two pages.

 Volume Two.  5PL. Pp. 531-1069.  PL1r, series designation as above; PL1v, blank; PL2r, half-title as above; PL2v, blank; PL 3r, title; PL3v, publication information as above; PL 4r, contents; PL4v, illustrations; PL5r second half-title; PL5v, blank; 531, systematic accounts,  Platypsaris            aglaiae-Calcarius ornatus; 969, appendix A, nomenclature; 1014, appendix B, glossary of colors; 1022, appendix C, birds mistakenly attributed to Texas; 1027, bibliography of Texas ornithology, a selected list, 1555-1973 (about 1500 reference); 1059, index of species (English and generic names); 1069, phylogenetic list of new species & subspecies. 

 Contains colored frontispiece and plates18-34, printed on one side only and not included in pagination.  Also contains 17 uncolored, unnumbered full-page illustrations with continuous text on obverses, all included in pagination.

 This magnificent work, amongst the greatest of state bird books, treats, in the greatest detail, 545 species as well as all their numerous sub-species that have been reported to occur in the state.  The species accounts are meticulous and the illustrations by Fuertes, both colored and uncolored, are surely amongst the best that he produced.  They are also extremely attractively printed.

 

Offprints and Extracts, French, from the library of Elwes, Henry John (1846-1922)

24.7 x 15.8 cm and smaller.  Contemporary binder's red cloth.  Paris, Bruxelles, 1875-1882.  Bookplate of the Edward E. Ayer Library, Field Museum of Natural History with a "cancelled" stamp.

1.      Bureau, Louis (1847-1936)  L'Aigle Botté, Aquila Pennata (Cuvier), d'Après des Observations Recueilles / Dans L'Ouest de la France  Upper brown printed wrapper inscribed to Elwes and signed by author.  Pp.  [1]2-22.  Association Française Pour l'Avancement des Sciences, Congrès de Nantes, 1875.  Paris, au Secreteriat de l'Association.  Contains Planche XIII, a double-page hand-colored lithograph, by and after Arnoul and printed by Imp. Becquet.  Treatise on the Booted Eagle.  Ronsil, 426.

2.      Bureau  De la Mue / du Bec et des Ornements Palpebraux / du Macareaux Arctique, Fratercula Arctica (Lin.) Steph.   Pp.   Upper gray printed wrapper inscribed and signed.  [1]2-21(1).  Bull. Soc. Zool. de France, Paris, A. Lucan, 1878.  Contains lithographed plates IV (hand-colored) and V(uncolored) by and after Me Jacob and printed by Lemercier.  Treatise on moult of Puffin's beak.  Ronsil, 426.

3.      Bureau  Recherches / sur le / Mue du Bec des Oiseaux / de la / Famille des Mormonidés  Pp.  (2, half-title, inscribed and signed)[1]2-68 with folding unpaginated chart at 20/21.  Bull. Soc. Zool. de France, Paris, F. Savy, 1879.  Contains lithographed plates I-VI (five hand-colored) by and after Bureau and printed by Becquet.  Also contains hand-colored map.  Treatise on the moult of the beaks of various alcids.  Ronsil, 426.

4.      Dybowski, B.  Observations / sur les / Oiseaux de la Famille des Mormonidés  Inscribed on upper gray wrapper.  Pp.  [1]2-11(1).  Bull. Soc. Zool. de France, Paris, Au Siège de la Société, 1882.  Contains uncolored text figs. 1-2.  Observations on alcids.  Ronsil, 978.

5.      Alleon, Amédée (1838-1904)  Catalogue des Oiseaux / Observés / aux Environs de Constantinople  Bull. Soc. Zool. de France, Paris, Au Siège.., 1880.  Pp.  Upper printed blue-gray wrapper, [1]2-37(1).  Inscribed and signed on first page.  Carefully annotated list of about 250 species.  Ronsil, 33.

6.      Taczanowski (L. or W.) (1819-1890)  Liste des Oiseaux / recueilles par M. Jankowski dans l'Isle Askold (Mantschourie)  Inscribed on upper gray wrapper.  Pp. [133]134-140.  Annotated list of 49 species.  Ronsil, 2859.

7.      Taczanowski  Notice / sur la / Sittelle d'Europe / (Sitta Europaea Lin.), Pp. [1]2-5 and Liste / des / Oiseaux Recueilles par le Dr Dybowski au Kamtschatka / et dans les Iles Comandores Pp. [6]7-20.  Upper gray wrapper inscribed to Elwes.  A note on the Eurasian Nuthatch and an important annotated list of 67 species from far northeast Asia.  Ronsil, 2859.

8.      Dubois, Alph(onse)(1839-1920)  De la Variabilité des Oiseaux du Genre Loxia   Pp.  [1]2-7(1).  Authorial indelible stamp on first page.  Upper gray wrapper included.  Bull. Mus. Royal d'Hist. Nat.  de Belgique, Tome I. (Bruxelles), 1882.  The variability of crossbills continues to provide employment for splitters and lumpers.

These offprints and extracts were inscribed to Henry John Elwes, a traveler, gardener and plant collector best known for his beautiful Monograph of the Genus Lilium, 1880 with supplements (1933, 1962).  Presumably, Elwes was also interested in birds.


Ogawa, Minori (died between 1905 and 1908)

Notes on Mr. Alan Owston's Collection of Birds / from the Islands lying between / Kiushu and Formosa  25.0 x 17.5 cm.  Pp. [175]176-232; 29 ll.  In Annotationes Zoologicae Japonensis, Vol. V, Part IV. (Pp.  161-252), original printed brown wrappers (to the part); Tokyo, Zoological Society, July, 1905.  Contains three (IX-XI) hand-finished chromolithographed plates.

According to Takatsukasa, (Birds of Nippon, p. XXXVLIII, part 3, 1934) Ogawa was a specialist in Medicine who succeeded Isao Ijima as a sort of doyen of contemporary ornithology for a few years prior to his early death.  He died before publication in 1908 of his major opus, A Hand-List of the Birds of Japan, which appeared in the same journal as the present important article.  Judging from the six articles that appeared in this Part IV of volume V, the journal was an English language publication.

The present article is the first comprehensive treatise on the birds of the Ryukyu Islands, later to be more extensively treated by Nagamichi Kuroda.  Mr. Owston sent two Japanese collectors, M. Osa and T. Osada to procure birds from these islands from May to December of 1904.  1669 Specimens comprising 124 species and subspecies were obtained.  Ogawa considered three of these, Geocichla major, Picus owstoni and Nannocnus ijimai to represent new species and three others as new subspecies.  Ogawa presented a table in the article containing all the 192 species and subspecies known from the islands.  Of these, 64 were added as a consequence of the present collection including Merops ornatus, the first record for the Japanese Empire of the Rainbow Bee-eater.

Picus owstoni is the Okinawa Woodpecker, now known as Sapheopipa noguchi.  The thrush and the form of the Cinnamon Bittern are not presently considered full species.  Although several specimens of Woodcock were obtained on Amami Island, they were not separated by Ogawa into the endemic Amami Woodcock we know today, presumably because its external appearance is virtually indistinguishable from that of the Eurasian species.  The distinctive Ryukyu Robin was not in the collection.  There were, however, several specimens of Lidth's Jay, establishing for the first time, exactly where in Japan it was to be found.

The artist and lithographer for the plates are not identified.  Lithography is an unusual graphic method for Japanese bird books.

Trinity, p. 178; Wood, p. 417.


Ogilby, W.

On the characters and description of a new genus of Carnivora, called Cynictis  28.6 x 22.0 cm.  [E]4(-E1-2)F4(-F2-4)[$1, {2} signed]; three leaves.  Pp. 29-34.  Contains hand-colored engraved plate [3] "E. Lear, del. Zeitter, sc."  Extract from Trans. Zool. Soc. London 1: 29-34 (1835).  Communicated March 12, 1833.

This early article from the Transactions contains a fine engraved colored plate after Edward Lear.  It is part of a bound collection of extracts in a volume labeled "Natural History Miscellany".

 

Ogilvie-Grant, W.(illiam) R.(obert)(1863-1924) with field notes by John Whitehead (1860-1899)

On the birds of the Philippine Islands  21.8 x 14.1 cm.  Ten articles from the Ibis and one each from the Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club and the  Annals and Magazine of Natural History, ,as described below.  Contemporary green half morocco and marbled boards.  Sepia endpapers.  London, 1894-1898. 

Contains the bookplate (a nightjar) of the ornithological bibliophile, Peter Tate, mounted on the upper pastedown, and the manuscript signature of the author on the front free endpaper.

 Includes 11 hand-colored plates of birds drawn and lithographed by J. G. Keulemans and printed by  Mintern Bros and two chromolithographic plates of eggs by Pawson & Brailsford of Sheffield (artist not identified).

 First preliminary leaf, blank; second leaf, recto, Ogilvie-Grant’s manuscript index; verso, blank; third preliminary leaf, blank.

 Part I., Mount Arajat, central Luzon. The Ibis  for July 1894.  Pp. [406]407-411.  (1)-(6). 39 Species.

Postscript.  Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club, No. XIX.  Pp. (1)-(3).  17 Species.

Part II.  Highlands of north Luzon, 5000 feet.  The Ibis for October 1894.  Pp.  [501]502-522.  (1)-(22).  94 Species.  Two hand-colored lithographic plates numbered XIV and XV.

Part III.  The mountains of the province of Isabella in the extreme north-east of LuzonThe Ibis for  January 1895.[106]107-117.  (1)-(12).  35 Species.  Two hand-colored lithographs numbered IV and V.

Part IV.  The province of Albay, south-east Luzon and the adjacent island of Catanduanes.  The Ibis for April 1895.  [249]250-267.  (2)-(19).  77 Species.  Text figures (woodcuts) 1-6.

Part V.  The highlands of the province of Lepanto, north Luzon. The Ibis             for October1895.[433]434-472.  (1)-(40).110 Species.  Three hand-colored lithographs, XII-XIV.

Part VI.  The vicinity of Cape Engaño, N. E. Luzon, Manila Bay, and Fuga Island, Babuyan Group.  The Ibis  for January1896. [101]102-128.  (1)-(28).  70 Species.  One hand-colored lithograph, III.

Part VII.  The highlands of Mindoro.  The Ibis for October 1896.[457]458-477. (1)-(21).  52 Species.  One hand-colored lithograph, XI. 

Part VIII.  The highlands of Negros.  The Ibis for October 1896.[525]526-565.  (1)-(41). 86 Species. 

Whitehead, John  Description of a new species of fruit-pigeon from the highlands of Mindoro, Philippine Islands.  Annals and Magazine of Natural History, Ser 6, Vol. xviii., August, 1896..Pp. [189]-190.

Part IX.  The islands of Samar and Leite.  The Ibis for April 1897.[209]210-250.  (1)-(42).  93 Species.  Two hand-colored lithographs, V, VI.  Also contains text figures 1-4 after H. Grönvold illustrating various parts of the Philippine eagle.

[Part X]  On the nests and eggs of some rare Philippine birds.  The Ibis for April 1898.  36 Species.  Two chromolithographs, V, VI.

 Whitehead did the collecting, and Ogilvie-Grant the museum work, for this highly important contribution to the ornithology of these islands with their spectacular endemic birds.  The high point is the discovery the Philippine eagle, the thrill of which is still palpable.

 This collection of author’s offprints has a very significant provenance having belonged to the author, Ogilvie-Grant and later to a well known ornithological bibliophile, Peter Tate.


Ogilvie-Grant, William Robert (1863-1924)

A hand-book / to the / game-birds  Two volumes.  18.0 x 12.7 cm.  Double gilt-ruled half red cloth with ribbed red cloth sides.  Spines divided into six compartments by double black-ruled gilt roll tools with gilt lettering in second and fourth.  Lloyd's natural history (edited by R.B. Sharpe). London, Edward Lloyd, Limited.

Vol. I. / sand-grouse, partridges, pheasants. / 1896.  [a]8B-U8[$1, 2 signed]; 160 ll.  Pp.  [i-v]vi-xiv[xv-xvi][1]2-304.  i, Title; ii, printer designation: Wyman and Sons, Limited; iii, preface by R. Bowdler Sharpe, series editor; iv, blank; v, author's preface; vi, systematic index; xv, list of plates; xvi, line diagram of bird topography; 1, order Pterocletes; 3, family Pteroclidae; 25, order Gallinae; 26, family Tetraonidae; 78, family Phasianidae; 287, appendix (addition); Contains: 24 colored plates: I-XI, XIa-c, XII-XXI colored in chromolithography by Wyman & Sons, Limited; text line diagram of bird topography; line sketch map; nine line text figures numbered 1-7, 1-2; one half-tone text figure numbered Fig. 1 with three components numbered Figs. 1-3.

Vol. II. / pheasants (continued), megapodes, curassows, / hoatzins, bustard quails.  1897.  [A]8B-U8X6; 166 ll.  Pp.  [i-vii]viii-xiv[xv](1)[1]2-316.  i, Half-title; ii, blank; iii, title; iv, printer's designation; v, preface by Sharpe; vi, author's preface; vii, systematic index; xv, list of plates; 1, family Phasianidae, continued; 163, family Megapodiidae; 200, famil Cracidae; 257, order Opisthocomi; 258, family Opisthocomidae; 262; order Hemipodii, family Turnicidae; 293, appendix to volume I; 296, appendix to volume II; 297, alphabetical index; Contains 24 colored plates; XXII-XXXIII, XXXIIIa, XXXIV-XXXV, XXXVa, XXXVI-XXXVIII, XXXVIIIa, XXXIX-XLII.

Lloyd's Natural History series, and the almost identical Allen Naturalist's Library each contained 16 volumes, were edited by Sharpe, and were linear descendents of Jardine's Naturalist's Library, the last edition of which was published in the 1880s.  The present two volumes were respectively the 9th and 12th of the Lloyd series. 

The text by Ogilvie-Grant is a simplified reprise of that which he did (1893) on game-birds for volume XXII of the Catalogue of Birds in the British Museum.  In the present work he covers approximately 420 species including where possible sections on the following for each: synonymy; description with measurements; range; habits; nests and eggs.

The plates have different origins.  The artists are not designated.  About 18 of the plates appear to be printed engravings remaining in stock from Jardine's work, mostly drawn  originally (1834-1836) by James Stewart, and here overprinted by chromolithography. .  The registration in the chromolithography of these plates by Wyman & Sons is sometimes dreadful.  For example, the Reeves Pheasant in Plate XXIII almost looks as though it is two birds.  In their biography of Keulemans (Feathers to Brush [1982]), Coldewey and Keulemans attribute 26 of the 48 plates to Keulemans.  This is consistent with my own examination of the work.  In addition to the 18 plates from Jardine, there two chromolithographic plates of feathers, almost certainly not by Keulemans, and 28 chromolithographs that are not overprinted plates from Jardine and appear to have been done specifically for this book.  Most of these are certainly in the style of Keulemans.

Wood, p. 498.  Also listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity and Yale.


Ogilvie-Grant, W(illiam) R(obert) (1863-1924)

Reports on the Collections / made by the / British Ornithologists' Union Expedition / and the Wollaston Expedition / in Dutch New Guinea, 1910-1913 (from wrapper and title page)  III.  Report on the  Birds collected by the British Ornithologists' Expedition and / the Wollaston Expedition in Dutch New Guinea From The Ibis, Jubilee Supplement 2, 1915 (from page 1).  πB-2H4[$1, 2 signed]; 121 ll.  Pp. (2)1-240.  Binder's blue buckram, gilt lettering on spine.  Speckled edges. Original printed gray wrappers included.  London, Francis Edwards, 1916.

π1r, Expedition title; π1v, limitation statement, this copy #83 of 150; printer's engraved imprint: Taylor and Francis; 1, article title; contents; lists of plates and figures; introduction; 3, lists of species and eggs; 4, bibliography; 8, systematic accounts, Corvidae-Casuariidae covering 312 species and subspecies; 237, index.  Contains double-page map printed in color by H. F. Milne; colored plates I-VIII after H. Grönvold printed in half-tone by the Menpes Press, Botsford and text-figures 1-3.

The reports on various aspects of these expeditions were originally published in a number of journals.  They were then reprinted with both original and new pagination on large paper and the combined report containing 20 articles was issued in two volumes as a limited edition with a printing of 150 copies in 1916.  The ornithological section was part  III of Volume I and its pagination was identical in the original Ibis publication and in the present large-paper version.

Ogilvie-Grant, who wrote this section, was the Assistant Keeper in the Zoology Department of the British Museum and did not participate in the expedition, of which Claude Grant was the major ornithological field person whose notes notes embellish the accounts of species.  The report contains an important bibliography as well as systematic accounts of 312 species and subspecies comprised in the 3,395 skins that were obtained.  Of these, 25 (nine full species) were new.  The accounts contain synonymy, description of soft parts likely to change (i, e., feet, eyes etc.), various measurements, complete descriptions in appropriate cases, observations of behavior, nesting , eggs, and local distribution as indicated by the exact site where each specimen was collected.

The work is sometimes listed under "British Ornithologists' Union".

Wood, p. 262; Zimmer, p. 100.  This large-paper edition also listed by AMNH, Harvard, Trintiy and Yale but not by Cornell.


Ohara, Koson (Newland, Amy Reigle, Perrée, Jan, and Schaap, Robert)

Crows, Cranes & Cammelias / the natural world of / Ohara Koson 1877-1945 / Japanese prints / from the Jan Perrée collection  29,6 x 24.6 cm.  Pp.  [1-4]5-208; 104 ll.  Original publisher's black buckram, impressed black lettering on upper cover and spine.  Gray end papers.  Pictorial dust jacket.  Leiden, Hotei Publishing, 2001. 

1, Half-title; 2, blank; 3, title; 4, copyright, production and publication information; 5, contents; 6, foreword by Ger Luijten of the Rijksmuseum; 7, preface by Perrée; 9, the enduring art of Ohara Koson by Newland; 34, notes to the catalog; 35, catalog; 169, notes to the checklist; 170, checklist; 204, signatures and seals; 207, bibliography.  Contains text figures 1-28 (26 colored).  Also contains colored prints 1-179, 1-2 per page, in the catalog.  Contains 547 specially coded small reproductions, 15-18 per page, in the checklist;  Contains uncolored reproductions of 15 signatures and 26 seals.

Ohara Koson was a well known very gifted artist and woodblock printmaker who specialized in birds, flowers and natural history in the first half of the 20th century.  I don't believe that any albums were published under his name, yet his prints have always been highly sought.  The present biography-bibliography owes its genesis to Perrée, a dedicated collector of the artist who recently gave his entire collection to the Rijksmuseum which arranged an exhibition to showcase it.  The introductory text was written by Newland, an Australian scholar of Japanese prints.  The captions for the prints in the catalog were done by Perrée with Newland's assistance, and the checklist was assembled and arranged primarily by Schaap, a graphic designer and collector of Japanese prints.  The result is a very attractive work that illustrates virtually every print that Koson (later known as Shoson and Hoson) is known to have done. 


Ohara, Koson  (1877-1945)

Ohara Koson Artist of Kacho-ga. Prints of Birds and Flowers 28.0 x 22.0  Pp.  [1-3]4-40; 20 ll.  Western style composition and pagination.  Original pictorial heavy paper wrappers.  Hiraki Ukiyo-e Museum, (Japan ?), 1998.  In Japanese save for the print titles which are in Japanese and English and the English title as well as the name Ayako Abe which are printed in English letters in the colophon. 

1, Title; 2, blank; 3, introduction; 4, text; 7, list of drawings, paintings, trial prints and prints; 9, colored figures for prints 1-141; 40, colophon.  Contains two uncolored text illustrations and colored figures 1-141 representing 141 prints, 34 original drawings for the prints, , 71 original paintings for the prints, and 11 trial prints.

This is the catalog for an important exhibition of Koson's work held at the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Museum in 1998.  The depicted items include 19 naga-oban prints published by Kokkeido (Akiyama Buemon) and 122 prints published by Daikokuya (Matsuki Heikichi), many of which are accompanied by earlier (sketch, painting, trial print) representations.  While the individual illustrations are small, they are never-the-less much larger than those shown in the checklist of Crows, Cranes & Camellias (2001).  Many of these examples appeared on the market after the exhibition.

The catalog is a useful reference for the works of the artist.

 


 

Pinto, Olivério Mário de Oliveira  (also listed under Olivera Pinto, O. M. de)

Catalogo / das / aves do Brasil / e / lista dos exemplares  Two parts (volumes). 23.5 x 15.8 cm.  Binder's brown buckram with gilt lettering to spine.  Vertically yellow-marbled endpapers.  Sprinkled blue edges.  São Paulo.

1.a Parte  Que as representam / no / Museu Paulista 1938  Aves não Passeriformes / e / Passeriformes não Oscines / excluida a Fam. Tyrrannidae e seguintes  Universidade de São Paulo, Revista de Museu Paulista, Tome XXII.  Pp.  Four preliminary leaves; [I]II-XVIII. Signatures for text only: [1]82-358364(-364)[$1 signed]; 283 ll.  Pp.  [1]2-566.  First preliminary leaf: recto, journal title page with photograph of museum; verso, blank; second preliminary leaf: recto, preface to volume XXII by Alfonso de E. Taunay; verso, blank; third preliminary leaf: recto: ornithological title page with no indication of part; verso, blank; fourth preliminary leaf: recto, part designation and half-title; verso, blank; I, prologue; VIII, blank; ix, systematic index of higher forms; Rheidae-Rhinocryptidae; 1, systematic list of species; 532, alphabetical index of Latin names; 557, index of common (Portuguese) names.  Contains errata slip tipped on preface page;

2a Parte  Existentes / na / colecão de / Departamento de Zoologia  //// Ordem Passeriformes (continuação): / Superfamilia Tyrannoidea e Subordem Passeres 1944.  No signatures.  Two preliminary leaves; [I]II- XI(1)[1]2-700.  First preliminary leaf: recto, full title page including part designation and title; verso, blank; second preliminary leaf: recto, part designation and half-title; verso, limitation statement with author's signature and number 97; I, preface signed by Olivério Pinto, August, 1944: V, list of plates; VII, systematic index of higher forms, Cotingidae-Fringillidae; 1, annotated list of species; 671, indexes; 673, index of Latin names; 695, Portuguese names.  Contains: errata slip inserted before first page of preface; 15 (five colored) unnumbered half-tone plates depicting 64 species by T. G. Meissner, printed on one side only and not included in pagination.

This is a monumental treatise on Brazilian ornithology that was by far the most complete systematic list of Brazilian birds at the time it was published.  It lists the original reference for each species as well as the first citation for its occurrence in Brazil and the citation for it in the Catalogue of birds in the British Museum.  In addition, it gives a complete distribution inside and outside of Brazil and specifies the date and origin of every specimen in the Brazilian national collection which contains most, but not all of he species that are covered.  During the course of preparation of the work, the government apparently assumed responsibility for the national collection from the Paulista Museum so that the two volumes were published under different auspices.  The second volume seems to be a special signed and numbered copy.

Although this is a difficult set to find, it is listed by AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity and Yale.


Olsen, Penny

Feather / and brush / three centuries of Australian bird art  30.1 x 22.6 cm.  30.1 x 22.6 cm.  Pp.  [i-iv]v-x[xi-xii]1-227(1).  Original blue cloth with gilt lettering to flat spine.  Blue endpapers.  Pictorial dust jacket.  Collingwood, Victoria, Australia, CSIRO Publishing, (2001).

i, Half-title printed in gray; ii, colored frontispiece; iii, title printed in gray, colored vignette; iv, dedication; copyright 2001; printed by Craft Print; ISBN 0 643 06547 4; v, contents; vii, preface; ix, acknowledgments; 1, introduction; 9, new lands, new birds, seamen and draughtsmen: 1600-1788; 21, the escape of natural history, convicts and officers: 1788-1800; 39, stirrings of the Australian sensibility, settlers and surveyors: 1800-1840; 63, a synergy of art and science, Gould and the cataloguers, 1840-1900; 83, art and science estranged, inertia and a field guide: 1900-1950; art and science regroup, conservationists: 1950-2000; 113, the contemporary artists; 213, references (about 350 entries); 221, list of artists represented; index including English bird names.  Contains: about 230 unnumbered colored pictures printed in half-tone (75 full-page [i. e. no running text on page]); 17 unnumbered, uncolored pictures (two full-page).  All pictures included in pagination.

This work covers an interesting subject and provides numerous reproductions of paintings in museums that were never published in books and that are little known outside of Australia.

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

 

 

Olsen, Penny

 

An eye for nature / the life and art of / William T. / Cooper  28.4 x 23.0 cm.  Pp. [v]vi-x1-278. Publisher’s color pictorial boards.  Gray endpapers.  Color pictorial dust jacket with same Rainbow Lorikeet decoration as boards.  National Library of Australia, Canberra, (2014).

 

i, Half-title; ii, blank; iii, title; iv, ISBN: 97806-42278463; printed and bound in China by Imago; v, colored illustration and quotation from the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám; vi, foreword by David Attenborough; ix, contents; 1, text; 235, portfolio of unpublished bird portraits, 1991-2012; 257, portfolio of unpublished landscapes, 1950s-2012; 272, acknowledgements; bibliography (close to 100 references) including Cooper’s publications; 274, index.  Contains numerous unnumbered half-tone illustrations, most colored, many not previously published.

 

The folio works illustrated by William Cooper in the late 20th century are comparable artistically to those published by John Gould in the 19th.  The present biography of the artist is especially interesting for the previously unpublished pictures that it contains.

 

 

 

 

O’Neill, John P(aton)(1942-), (edited by Winkler, Suzanne)

 

 Great / Texas / birds  32.6 x 24.9 cm.  Pp. [1-8]9-120.  Original publisher’s black cloth with gilt lettering to spine.  Color pictorial dust jacket with unfinished long-billed thrasher on upper wrapper, fine Harris’s hawk on lower.  Patterned endpapers.  Austin, University of Texas Press, (1999, first edition)

 

 1, Half-title; 2, blank; 3, title printed in blue with colored vignette of long-billed thrasher;  4, copyright University of Texas Press, 1999, first edition; ISBN 0-292-76053-1; design and typography by George Lenox; 5, dedication; 6, blank; 7, contents;  9, preface by Winkler; 10, list of benefactors; 11, acknowledgments; 13, introduction (by  O’Neill); 15, list of 48 colored plates with authors of accompanying text; 16-112,  48 unnumbered color half-tone plates by O’Neill (recto) with facing text printed on verso of preceding plate; 113, notes on the artist and contributors; 120, the law of transmigration, a poem by Paul Turner to E. B. Kincaid, Jr. Whereas the colored plates are printed on white pages, their texts, are on a light buff sirface.  All the colored plates and their texts are included in pagination.

 

 This volume is a vehicle for presenting John O’Neill’s fine paintings of birds found in Texas. The accompanying text by various authors is mostly anecdotal.

 

 OCLC locates more than 200 copies.

 

 

 


Oort, Eduard Daniel van (1876-1933) (Brouwer, G. A., species numbered 303-362)

Ornithologia Neerlandica / de / Vogels / van / Nederland  Five volumes.  37.0 x 27.1 cm.  Half umber morocco with marbled sides by Don Bosco of Liège.  Spines with four gilt raised ridges, gilt lettering in second and fourth compartments.  Marbled endpapers (different pattern than sides).  Top edge marbled, others uncut., 'S Gravenhage, Marinius Nijhoff.  All plates mounted on guards.  Bradley Martin copy.

 

Eerste Deel  1922.  Colymbiformes-Procelliformes-Pelecaniformes-/ Ardeiformes-Anseriformes.  π61-314322(-322)[$1 signed];131 ll.  Pp.  [i-v]vi-xii[1]2-250.  i, Half-title; ii, blank; iii, title; iv, blank; v, foreword; vii, systematic contents; x, corrigenda; xi, topography of a bird; 1, systematic text; 236, appendix; 239, alphabetical index.  Covers species 1-71. Contains two uncolored text figures and 87 colored plates numbered 1-87.

Tweede Deel  1926.  Falconiformes-Galliformes-Gruiformes-/ Charadriformes (Limicolae I)  π41-334342(-342);137 ll.  Pp. [i-v]vi-viii[1]2-265[266].  i, Half-title; ii, blank; iii, title; iv, blank; v, systematic index; 1, systematic text; 255, alphabetical index.  Covers species 72-142.  Contains 83 colored plates numbered 88-169, 149A, 150-163, 169, 164-168.

Deerde Deel  1928.  Charadrifomes (Limicolae II-Lari)-Columbiformes-/ Cuculiformes(Striges)  π41-314X2; 130 ll.  i, Half-title; ii, blank; iii, title; iv, blank; v, systematic index; 1, systematic text; 243, alphabetical index; Covers species 143-210.  Contains 80 colored plates numbered 170-189, 189A, 189B, 190-240, 240A, 241-246.

Vierde Deel  1930.  Coraciiformes (Caprimulgi-Cypseli-Coraciae-Pici)-Passeriformes (Hirundinidae-/ Muscipidae-Turdidae-Cinclidae-Troglodytidae-Motacillidae [Motacilla]) π41-324; 132 ll.  Pp.  [i-v]vi-viii1-256.  i, Half-title; ii, blank; iii, title; iv, blank; v, systematic index; 1, systematic text; 243, alphabetical index.  Covers species 211-284.  Contains 77, colored plates numbered 247-323. 

Vijfde Deel  1935.  Passerformes (Motacillidae[Anthus]-Alaudidae-Ampelidae-Laniidae-Panuridae-Paridae- / Certhiidae-Sittidae-Regulidae-Corvidae-Oriolidae-Sturnidae-Fringillidae)  π41-394x7; 167 ll.  Pp.  [I-v]vi-viii[1]2-325[326].  i, Half-title; ii, blank; iii, title; iv, copyright; v, systematic index; 309, errata; 311, alphabetical index.  G. A. Brouwer is added as an author on the title page.  Covers species 285-362.  Contains 80 colored plates numbered 324-388, 388A, 389-402.

This is the great Dutch ornithology of the 20th century and one of the most magnificent of 20th century national ornithologies.  The 407 colored plates were by M. A. Koekkoek/  The 87 in the first volume were printed in color gravure probably combined with chromolithography.  The remaining 320 plates in the final four volumes were printed in fine colored collotype.  According to Anker (#381), Emrik and Binger of Haarlem were responsible for printing the illustrations and the work was issued in 46 parts.  Many of the plates became much more familiar when they were used by Witherby in the Handbook of British Birds (1938-1941).

The text included synonymy; names in Dutch, English, German and French; careful descriptions in words and plates of all plumages; measurements; local and general distribution; life history including nidification and eggs.  Considerable attention is also devoted to characteristics defining each order, family and genus.  Brouwer completed the writing starting at species 303 on page 69 of the fifth volume due to the death of Oort.

Anker, #381; Wood, p. 500; Zimmer, p. 650.  Also present at AMNH, Cornell, Harvard, Trinity and Yale.


Orbigny, (Alcide) Charles d' (Victor Dessalines)(1806-1876)(Editor).

Dictionnaire / Universel / D'Histoire Naturelle / Résumant et Complètant / tous les faits présentés par les Encyclopédies, les anciens Dictionnaires scientifiques, les Oeuvres / complètes de Buffon, et les meilleurs Traités spéciaux sur les diverses branches des sciences / naturelles; - Donnant la description des êtres et des divers phénomènes de la nature, / l'etymoligie et la définition des noms scientifiques, les principales applications des corps / organiques, à l'agriculture, à la médecine, aux arts industriels, etc;…..  23.7 x 15.7 cm.  16 Volumes (13 text, 3 atlas).  Contemporary quarter blue morocco, blue marbled boards.  Spine with four raised ridges, gilt black morocco lettering pieces in second and fourth compartments, other four with blind stamp panels.  Marbled endpapers.  Paris, Renard, Martinet et Cie, (1842-)1849.  Contains 288 plates (274 colored) engraved on steel.

 

This extraordinary work contains a text of almost 10, 000 pages with double columns in addition to its magnificent series of engraved color plates.  Its production required the efforts of numerous leading French scientific scholars, artists specializing in natural history, engravers and printers.  Amongst the approximately 50 scholars who wrote sections pertaining to their areas of expertise were Boitard, Brongniart, Decaisne, Desmarest, the brothers D'Orbigny, Flourens, Is. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire  De Jussieu, De Lafresnaye, Lemaire, Milne Edwards, C. Prévost, A. Richard, etc.  Charles D'Orbigny was the editor.  Amongst the artists were Oudart, Werner, Vaillant, Traviès, Meunier, Delarue, Sussemihl, Blanchard etc. Fournier was the principal engrarver, however others included Oudet, Forget, Teillard, Legrand, Duménil, Lebrun, Annedouche and Pardinel.  Imp. Folliau printed most of the plates but the firms of  Lamoureaux and Langlois contributed some.

Most of the figures were printed in color whereas the backgrounds were uncolored.  Many of the depicted fish were embellished with liquid gold or silver.  Stipple engraving was used for most of the botanical and conchological subjects.  The ornithological subjects were all drawn by Traviès.

 

According to Wood (p. 323), "The plates in this remarkable work render it the best illustrated encyclopedia of  natural history."  Ronsil, in his L'Art Français..    (p.46), remarks " Nous arrivons enfin aux dictionnaires d'histoire naturelle si nombreux au xixème siecle et presque tous très bien illustrés… Le Dictionnaire Universel d'Histoire Naturelle de Charles D'Orbigny est à notre avis le plus beau de tous.  Il contient 53 magnifiques planches d'oiseaux dues au talent d'Edouard Traviès:  leur impression en coleurs est d'une extrême finesse et les teintes vraiment superbes.  Seuls les sujets sont coloriés, le reste de la planches (fonds, arbres, branches, fleurs etc…) est laissé en noir."

The work is so immense and complex that I have chosen to describe bibliographically only the first text and the first atlas volumes:

Tome Premier  π61-294[$1 signed, lacks signature 26]; 122 ll.  Pp.  (4)[i]ii-viii[1]2-232; and 12-292830-408416[$1, 5 signed]; 326 ll.  Pp. [12]22-2322, 233-649[650-652].  π1r, Half-title; π1v, list of authors by order of content; π2r, title; π2v, abbreviations; i, avertissement; v, more abbreviations; vii, list of most frequently cited authors; 1-232, preliminary discourse; 12-649, alphabetic text through APH; 651, errata.

Atlas / Tome Premier / Zoologie. / Races humaines, Mammifères et Oiseaux  π21426[$1 signed]; 12 ll.  Pp. (4)[1]2-17[18-20].  π1r, Half-title; π1v, printer designation: Paris, Imprimerie de L. Martinet; π2r, title; π2v, blank; 1, List and explanation of zoological plates; 18, concordance of plate numbers for all volumes.  Contains 112 engraved plates as follows; Humans (6) numbered 1-6. Mammifères (46): 1-6, 6A, 6B, 7, 7Abis, 7A, 7bis, 7C, 7B, 25, 7D, 8bis, 8A, 8, 8B, 8C, 24, 9A, 9, 9Abis, 9B, 10, 9D, 9C, 10B, 10A, 12, 11, 11bis, 14, 13, 14A, 15-20, 22, 23, 21. Mammifères, fossil (6); 1-6. Oiseaux, (53); 1, 13, 23, 28, 24, 26, 2A, 2B, 2, 32, 2D, 20, 2C, 3B, 18, 35, 29, 3bisB, 3, 3A, 21, 3bisA, 3bis, 16, 3E, 3C, 3D, 4, 31, 5, 5B, 14, 5A, 7, 5bis, 5ter, 7B, 7A, 7D, 7C, 27, 6, 6A, 8A, 8, 22, 9, 15, 10,17, 11, 19, 12. Oiseaux, fossil (1); 1. 

A second edition of the work with additional colored plates was published in 1867.

Wood, p. 323.  Also present at AMNH (later edition), Harvard, Yale and Trinity.


(Orbigny, Alcide Dessalines d')(1892-1857)

Galerie Ornithologique / Collection d' Oiseaux d'Europe  (from plate)  30.1 x 23.0  1-622[$1 signed by livraison designation]; 124 ll.  Pp.  1-218, 225-232, 219-224, 233-248 Early blue pebbled cloth with gilt lettering in gilt-delineated compartments on spine.  Green end papers.  Paris, Armand Robin (livraisons 1-48) and Lamy (livraisons 49-64) 1836-1839. 

1-248 systematic text.  Contains 124 hand-colored lithographic plates (1-108, 113-116, 110,109, 111-112, 117-124.  1-18 drawn by Traviès, lithographed by Thiolat and Delarue; 19-94 drawn and lithographed by Thiolat; 95-124 drawn and lithographed by Delarue.  Plates printed by Derebergue, by Lemercier, and by Lemercier and Benard.  This copy complete for text and plates despite errors by binder.  Bradley Martin copy.

This very rare work was intended as a treatise on the birds of Europe but was abandoned after only about half of it was completed.  No preliminaries such as a title page were ever published.  It appeared in 64 livraisons, each containing four pages of text and two plates.  A single page of text was devoted to each of 248 species and each of the 124 colored plates depicted two species.  The material presented for each species was authoritative and included synonymy, description, and a discursive section that usually comprised distribution and life history including nest and eggs.

Alcide d'Orbigny and his brother Charles were prominent French naturalists of the first half of the 19th century.  Alcide was particularly interested in ornithology.  He was the author of a monumental work on South America, Voyage dans l'Amerique Meridionale..(1835-1847), as well as the ornithological section of de la Sagra's great treatise (1839-1856) on Cuba.

Traviès is best known of the three gifted artists who contributed the plates for this volume.  Delarue has the distinction of having illustrated one of the rarest of all works on American ornithology, John Townsend's suppressed Birds of North America (1839).

The present volume is extremely rare.  It is present at Trinity but absent from AMNH, Berkeley, BM(NH), Cornell, Harvard, Library of Congress, Oxford, NYPL, Smithsonian, Wood, Yale and Zimmer.  OCLC locates two copies including that at Trinity.


(Ord, George[1781-1866]), Guthrie, William (1708-1770)

A New / Geographical, Historical, / and / Commercial Grammar; / and Present State of the / Several Kingdoms of the World. / Containing, /  The Second American Edition Improved. / In Two Volumes……Vol. II.  21.5 x13.7 cm.  [A]2B-4G4[$1 signed]; 302 ll.  Pp.  (4)[1]2-280,285-603(1).  Text complete, however, lacking pp. 281-284 due to  printer's error. Contemporary mottled calf, gilt-paneled spine with red leather labeling piece.  Philadelphia, Johnson & Warner, 1815. 

A1r, title; A1v, Pennsylvania privilege; A2r-v, contents; 1, text.  Contains 10 unnumbered, uncolored,  folding engraved maps.

"Guthrie's Geography" was first published in England in 1770, having allegedly been compiled by James Knox, a bookseller.  The first American edition of 1794 was published by Carey.  The first American edition published by Johnson and Warner appeared in 1809 and their last edition was issued in 1820.

This second Johnson &Warner edition of 1815 is a legendary rarity and is of special importance for American zoology and ornithology because of an anonymous article, pp.  290-361 of this volume, on the Zoology of  North America that was written by George Ord.  This article is the first systematic treatment of American zoology written by an American, and its list of over 500 species of birds, pp. 315-319, includes several new species including a few discovered by Lewis and Clarke that are here first given Latin binomial names.  Most of the list is apparently taken from Turton's edition of Linnaeus and there are several species that are not found in North America.  The ornithological section comprises pp.  315-357 and, in addition to the list, includes various bird biographies taken from Wilson.  Ord is well known because of his association with Wilson and his role in the publication of Wilson's work.  The 1809 Johnson & Warner edition lacked the material from the Lewis & Clarke expedition and the 1820 edition lacked the systematic list of birds.

The section on North American Zoology was reprinted by Samuel Rhoads in 1894 with annotations on the ornithological part by Witmer Stone.  Rhoads was able to locate only one copy of the work.

The work is present in microform at a number of libraries but actual copies are listed only for the Smithsonian, University of California  library (Melvyl Catalogue),  and for the LOC.  Whereas the Smithsonian and Melvyl copies seem to have both volumes, the LOC copy apparently has only one.  None of these volumes are bibliographically described.  The reprint by Rhoads is listed by the AMNH, and, under "Ord" by Ripley & Scribner, p. 216; by Woods, p. 500; and by Zimmer, p. 476.  The work is discussed extensively by Coues in the first instalment of his bibliography, p. 603, and figured prominently in the auction of William Braislin's library in 1923.


Ord, G. (Rhoads, S. N.)

A Reprint of the North American Zoology by George Ord.  Being an Exact Reproduction of the Part Originally Compiled by Mr. Ord for Johnson & Warner, and first Published by them in their Second American Edition of Guthrie’s Geography in 1815.  Taken from Mr. Ord’s Private, Annotated Copy.  To which is added an Appendix on the more Important Scientific and Historic Qestions (sic) Involved.  23.4 x 15.4 cm: Pp. [i-vi]vii-x(2, blank)[287-289]290-361(1)1-90.  Original dark maroon cloth.  Haddonfield, New Jersey, by the editor, 1894. 

i-ii, blank; iv, portrait; v, title; vii, introduction; 287, facsimile title; 288-289, blank; 290, introductory statement; 291, text; 1, appendix; 52, errata; 53, index to the whole volume. Contains frontispiece portrait of Ord.

Ord wrote an anonymous section on North American Zoology for William Guthrie’s “ A New Geographical, Historical and Commercial Grammar; and Present State of the Several Kingdoms of the World.- Second American Edition Improved.-Philadelphia: 1815”.  This was an important contribution because it was the first to include new material from the Lewis & Clark expedition.  This 1815 edition of Guthrie’s Geography is one of the great desiderata of American zoological literature as apparently only two complete copies are known.  I believe that the copy auctioned as item #628 for $105 at the Braislin sale in 1923 is the last one sold.  In the event, Rhoads found Ord’s own copy and made a reasonable facsimile of it for reference.  He added annotations in the appendix for almost every species identified by Ord based on his own later perspective.  This reprint was privately published and is, itself, rather uncommon.  The references below refer to this reprint.

Wood, p. 500; Yale, p. 216; Zimmer, p. 476.


Oustalet, E(mile) (1844-1905)

Mission Scientifique / du / Cap Horn. / 1882-1883 /Tome VI. / Zoologie / Oiseaux (from upper wrapper).  28.5 x 22.6 cm.  [1]42-434[$1 signed]; 172 ll.  Pp. [1-3]4-341(3, blank).  Contemporary half scarlet morocco, marbled boards and endpapers.  Spine with four raised ridges, extra gilt morocco labeling pieces in upper two compartments, gilt date in lowest compartment.  Original upper wrapper bound in.  Paris, Gauthier-Villars et Fils, 1891. 

1, Half-title; 3, text with numbered species accounts; 324, tabular list in systematic order with worldwide distribution; 334, discussion and synthesis; 341, explanation of plates.  Contains hand-colored lithographic plates 1-6 by Becquet Fr. after Keulemans.

Species 1-102 were reported and usually collected by the French expedition and are described through page 251 after which species 103-204, obtained by antecedent collectors but not by the expedition, are discussed.  Synonymy, distribution and description of geographical variations are given wherever possible.  In the cases of species collected by the French expedition, sex, locale of collection and color of soft parts are given for each individual specimen.  Whenever possible, eggs are carefully described.  According to Zimmer, one bona fide new species was described from the expedition.  The final part of the book lists the 204 species in systematic order with their geographical distribution and provides an overview of the southern South American avifauna.

Wood, p. 508; Yale, p. 217; Zimmer, p. 478.  Unlisted by Trinity.


Owen, Richard (1804-1892)

On the sacculated form of stomach as it exists in the genus Semnopithecus F. Cuv.  28.6 x 22.0.  K4(-K4)[$1, 2 signed]; three leaves.  Pp.  65-70.  Contains uncolored plates5(6-7)8-9; 5, lithograph, "Martin del G. Scharf, lithog.  Printed by C. Hullmandel"; 6-7, engravings, "Newton del.  Swaine sc."; 8-9, "R. Owen, del. G. Scharf, lithog.  Printed by C. Hullmandel".  Extract from Trans. Zool. Soc. London 1: 65-70 (1835).  Communicated June 11, 1833.

Richard Owen, an anatomist, was one of the most influential scientists in 19th century England and was Darwin's most effective antagonist although he was to admit, on his death bed, to his belief in Darwin's genius.  He contributed the volume on mammalian fossils to Darwin's Zoology of the Voyage of H. M. S. Beagle (1839-1843).

 

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