DANIEL GIRAUD ELLIOT (1835-1915)
A Monograph of the Tetraoninae, or family of the Grouse. New York: published by the author, 1865. 2 (591 x 464mm). Mounted on guards throughout. Title, dedication, list of subscribers (65 names for 71 copies) 7pp. introduction, explanation page, list of plates. 25 fine hand-coloured lithographic plates by C.F. Tholey after Elliot and J. Wolf, 2 hand-coloured plates of eggs after W.S. Morgan, all printed by Bowen & Co. of Philadelphia. (Occasional light offsetting of text onto some plates.) Near-contemporary green straight-grained morocco gilt by Stikeman, panelled in gilt, spine in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second and third, the others with repeat decoration in gilt, top edge gilt (light scuffing to extremities).
A FINE COPY OF ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ORNITHOLOGICAL WORKS TO BE PRINTED AND PUBLISHED IN AMERICA. The second of Elliot's great folio monographs, dealing with 25 species (all then known); 24 of the plates are from Elliot's own drawings and one, of the Kunalee Grouse in part one, is after Joseph Wolf. The lithographic work was carried out by Bowen & Co., the publishers of the octavo edition of Audubon's Birds of America and probably the best lithographic printers in the United States at the time. Anker 128; Fine Bird Books p.74; Nissen IVB 293; Wood p.331; Zimmer p.205.