Daniel Giraud Elliot (1835-1915)
A Monograph of the Tetraoninae, or, Family of the Grouse. New York: published by the Author, 1865. Large 2° (580 x 455 mm.). 1p. subscriber's list. 27 hand-coloured lithographic plates by Tholery and ?others after Elliot (23), Jospeh Wolf(2) or William S. Morgan, printed by Bowen & Co. of Philadelphia. (Tears to inner margins of the two Ptarmigan plates and asssociated text leaf, occasional light offsetting of text onto some plates, as usual) Green half morocco gilt, spine in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second, the others with simple repeat pattern in gilt, t.e.g. (joints and corners repaired, some scuffing).
"NEXT ONLY TO THE AUDUBON'S, THE ELLIOT WORKS ARE THE MOST VALUABLE AMERICAN BIRD PLATES" (Bennett). This is Elliot's second major work and was first issued in parts in 1864-65 and then as a bound volume in 1865. The lithographic work was done by Bowen & Co., the publishers of the octavo edition of Audubon's Birds of America and possibly the best colour-printers in the United States at the time. The 25 bird plates were after Elliot and Joseph Wolf, with William S. Morgan supplying the drawings for the two plates of eggs. This is one of only three works by Elliot produced in the United States; all of his later works were printed in Europe, although sometimes retaining a New York imprint. Anker 128; Bennett, p.39; Fine Bird Books (1990) p.95; Nissen IVB 293; Wood 331; Zimmer 205.