ELLIOT, Daniel Giraud (1835-1915). A Monograph of the Pittidae, or Family of Ant-Thrushes. London: Taylor & Francis for Bernard Quaritch Limited, 1893-1895.
2° (575 x 375mm). 51 FINE HAND-COLOURED LITHOGRAPHIC PLATES after Elliot (12), William Hart (33), J.G.Keulemans (1), P.Oudart (1) and Maupert (1), drawn on stone by C.F.Tholey (17) and W.Hart (34), printed by Bowen & Co. (17) and Mintern Bros. (34), one double-page letterpress table. (The fifth plate slightly spotted.) Contemporary green half morocco, spine lettered in gilt, t.e.g.
A FINE COPY OF THE REVISED AND EXPANDED SECOND EDITION. The original monograph, Elliot's first major work, was published between 1861 and 1863 with plates and descriptions of just 31 species. For the present edition Elliot completely rewrote the text and Hart and Keulemans produced 34 new drawings (redrawing 8 of the original species and producing 26 drawings of new species). The result is in effect almost a new work on a species for which Elliot felt a lasting affection: 'It is not often that one returns to his first love and finds her, after many years, more beautiful than ever.' The Pittidae described include those native to Borneo, Nepal, Ceylon, Philippines, New Guinea and Cambodia. Zimmer p.208; Fine Bird Books p.74; McGill/Wood p.332; Nissen IVB 292.