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SHELLEY, George Ernest (1840-1910). A Monograph of the Nectariniidae, or Family of Sun-Birds. London: by the Author and printed by Taylor and Francis, 1876-1880.
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SHELLEY, George Ernest (1840-1910). A Monograph of the Nectariniidae, or Family of Sun-Birds. London: by the Author and printed by Taylor and Francis, 1876-1880.

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SHELLEY, George Ernest (1840-1910). A Monograph of the Nectariniidae, or Family of Sun-Birds. London: by the Author and printed by Taylor and Francis, 1876-1880.

4o (322 x 251 mm). 121 hand-colored lithographed plates by J. G. Keulemans, printed by M. and N. Hanhart. (Some occasional pale browning and minor chipping to edges.) Early 20th-century half brown morocco, marbled boards, gilt-lettered on spine, top edges gilt (a few small stains). Provenance: Amos Woodward Gardiner (bookplate).

FIRST EDITION of a work issued in 12 parts and limited to 250 copies. Shelley acknowledges the importance of Keuleman's specialist knowledge in his preface: "The illustrations which form such an important portion of my Monograph, have all been executed by Mr. Keulemans, whose name is sufficient guarantee for the accuracy of the details and for high artistic skill. The latter is rendered perhaps more striking from his being acquainted with this family of birds in their native haunts; and his notes upon the sun-birds inhabiting Prince's Island have been incorprated in my work." Fine Bird Books p. 108; Nissen IVB 873; Zimmer, p.588.

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