WYATT, Claude Wilmot (1842-1900). British Birds: being coloured illustrations of all the species of Passerine birds resident in the British Isles. London: Taylor & Francis for William Wesley & son, 1894-1899.
2 volumes, large 4° (325 x 257mm). 67 FINE LITHOGRAPHED PLATES by Wyatt, HAND-COLOURED by the Misses Sharpe, printed by Mintern Bros. Contemporary brown half morocco gilt (extremities slightly scuffed).
A FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. 'Except in ornithological circles, this very good artist and author is unknown... Wyatt's fine plates were enhanced by the work of Dr. R. B. Sharpe's daughters.' (Jackson). Mullens and Swann call this work 'probably the best "working" book of illustrations: the artists have avoided the too common fault of over-colouring the birds figured.' Zimmer p.694; Fine Bird Books p.116; Nissen IVB 1027; Mullens & Swann p.667. (2)