EYTON, Thomas Campbell (1809-1880). A Monograph on the Anatidae, or Duck Tribe. London: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman, and Eddowes, 1838.
4° (286 x 221mm). 6 hand-coloured lithographic plates by Eyton after Edward Lear, 18 anatomical plates by Scharf after Eyton and Scharf. (Some spotting, first few leaves browned and a little soiled.) Contemporary green hard-grained morocco, gilt stamped panel block, spine gilt, gilt turn-ins, g.e. (extremities rubbed, spine faded).
Eyton was an avid naturalist who turned his considerable facility for observation, dissection, and draughtsmanship, towards the study of birds. He knew and corresponded with many noted scientific thinkers of the time, and was friends with many famous naturalists including Darwin, Agassiz, Wallace, Asa Gray, and Owen. He possessed an impressive collection of birds and skeletons, which he formed in a museum he had built expressly for the purpose at Eyton, the family estate. The plates after Edward Lear are amongst the least well known of his work. Nissen IVB 307.