Frederick du Cane Godman (1834-1919)
A Monograph of the Petrels. London: Witherby & Co., 1907-1910. 4 (328 x 250mm). 106 hand-coloured lithographs by J.G. Keulemans and Grnvold, printed by Hanhart and the Mintern Brothers, coloured by 'Dr. Sharpe's talented daughters'. (Some very occasional unobtrusive light browning to a few leaves.) Contemporary red half morocco, top edge gilt (extremities lightly rubbed, rehinged). Provenance: David Armitage Bannerman (armorial bookplate).
An attractive copy of the first edition of the most important monograph on Petrels, this number 101 of 225 copies, the work being issed in five parts between December 1907 and May 1910. The idea for a monograph on Petrels was apparently Osbert Salvin's, under whose direction work was begun on the text and the first 40 plates. According to Godman, writing in the preface to this work, Salvin envisaged the project as part of the ongoing catalogue of birds in the British Museum. After Salvin's death in June 1898 it was nearly a decade before Godman had time to devote himself to the completion of this long-planned monograph on Petrels. Richard Bowdler Sharpe assisted Godman, and William Payne Pycraft contributed a seven-page essay entitled 'On the systematic position of the Petrels'. Nissen IVB 356; Anker 163; Zimmer p. 248.