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SHELLEY, George Ernest (1840-1910). A Monograph of the Nectariniidae or Family of Sun-Birds. London: published by the author, 1876-1880. 4° (305 x 241mm). 121 hand-coloured lithographic plates by J.G. Keulemans. (Occasional light scattered spotting, marginal staining to text leaf opposite plate 29, some light browning and offsetting to text leaves.) Slightly later maroon half crushed morocco, gilt edges, marbled endpapers (extremities rubbed, covers spotted, spine faded). Provenance: K.A. Baird (ink ownership inscription on front pastedown dated 1925).
SHELLEY, George Ernest (1840-1910). A Monograph of the Nectariniidae or Family of Sun-Birds. London: published by the author, 1876-1880. 4° (305 x 241mm). 121 hand-coloured lithographic plates by J.G. Keulemans. (Occasional light scattered spotting, marginal staining to text leaf opposite plate 29, some light browning and offsetting to text leaves.) Slightly later maroon half crushed morocco, gilt edges, marbled endpapers (extremities rubbed, covers spotted, spine faded). Provenance: K.A. Baird (ink ownership inscription on front pastedown dated 1925).

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SHELLEY, George Ernest (1840-1910). A Monograph of the Nectariniidae or Family of Sun-Birds. London: published by the author, 1876-1880. 4° (305 x 241mm). 121 hand-coloured lithographic plates by J.G. Keulemans. (Occasional light scattered spotting, marginal staining to text leaf opposite plate 29, some light browning and offsetting to text leaves.) Slightly later maroon half crushed morocco, gilt edges, marbled endpapers (extremities rubbed, covers spotted, spine faded). Provenance: K.A. Baird (ink ownership inscription on front pastedown dated 1925).

FIRST EDITION WITH 'EXCELLENT HAND-COLORED PLATES' (Zimmer). Writing in his introduction, Shelley acknowledges Keuleman's contribution and praises his illustrations for their accuracy and artistry. Shelley also incorporated Keuleman's notes on sunbirds at Prince's Island into his text. LIMITED TO 250 COPIES ONLY. Fine Bird Books (1990) p.142; Nissen IVB 873; Zimmer p.588.

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