CHARLES BARNEY CORY (1857-1921).
The Birds of Haiti and San Domingo. Boston: Estes & Lauriat, 1885. 4 (268 x 205mm). Uncoloured lithographic map of Haiti, 22 hand-coloured lithographic plates, after Cory, on thick paper. (Some spotting to text and verso of plates, fos. 3and 2 and two plates almost detached.) Original cloth (spine chipped at head and foot, one outer corner worn). Provenance: George and Laura Gifford (bookplate).
"Cory's drawings, in their technical skill, rank with Elliot's or with the very finest of Sheppard or Ridgeway; indeed they excel any of these in their charm" (McGrath). For most of his life Cory was funded by a personal fortune and was able to pursue his interests as an amateur. He travelled widely in his pursuit of orithological specimens, "visiting Florida most frequently but also other parts of America, and Europe.... In 1878 he visited the Bahamas and [from] then [on] concentrated his interests on the West Indies, becoming the recognized authority on the birds of these islands" (DAB). He was one of the founders of the American Ornithologists' Union, and, at his home in Hyannis, established a game park and bird sanctuary. Bennett p.28; Fine Bird Books (1990) p.87; McGrath pp. 59 & 160; Nissen IVB 204; Wood p.300; Zimmer p.137.