BULLER, Walter Lawry, Sir (1838-1906). A History of the Birds of New Zealand. London: Taylor and Francis for the author, -1888. 2 volumes, large 4 (362 x 272mm). 50 lithographic plates, 48 hand- coloured. (Some very occasional unobtrusive spotting.) Orginal green half morocco, blocked in gilt, gilt edges (rebacked retaining original backstrip, corners lightly rubbed). Provenance: R.J. Paul (pictorial bookplate). SECOND AND ENLARGED EDITION.
BULLER. Supplement to the 'Birds of New Zealand'. London: John Hale, Sons, and Danielson Ltd. for the author, 1905. 2 volumes, large 4 (381 x 284mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait of the author on mounted india paper, 12 hand-coloured lithographic plates, numerous text illustrations. Original red half morocco, spine gilt.
Buller is justly considered the pre-eminent New Zealand ornithologist, for which he received his knighthood. The second edition of his Birds of New Zealand was limited to 1000 copies and was published in 13 parts between July 1887 and December 1888, each part comprising text and four plates. The plates to the second edition were remade rather than simply being reissues of the first edition. Anker 85; Nissen IVB 163; Wood p. 269; Zimmer p.115. (4)