BULLER, Walter Lawry, Sir (1838-1906). A History of the Birds of New Zealand. London: Taylor and Francis for John van Voorst, 1873.
4 (317 x 245mm). Lithographic frontispiece by G.H. Ford after A.C. Barker, 35 hand-coloured lithographic plates after John Gerrard Keulemans, tissue guards. (Some very occasional unobtrusive spotting to first and last few leaves, frontispiece with short tears along gutter.) Publisher's blue cloth blocked in gilt and blind (edges lightly rubbed, rebacked retaining original backstrip).
FIRST EDITION. 'Only 500 copies of this edition were issued' (Anker). The work was issued in five parts between January 1872 and April 1873. The limited publication and the considerable success of Buller's work quickly made copies of the first edition rare and expensive. Nissen IVB 163; Wood p. 269.