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On the Instructions of the Executors of the Late David Liddell-Grainger Esq., Removed from Ayton Castle, Berwickshire
SHELLEY, George Ernest (1840-1910). A Monograph of the Nectariniidae or Family of Sun-Birds. London: published by the author, 1876-1880.
4° (308 x 240mm). 121 hand-coloured lithographic plates by J.G. Keulemans. (Very occasional light scattered spotting.) Slightly later green morocco by Riviere, gilt spine, gilt edges (spine faded).
A FINE COPY OF THE 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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