REICHENOW, Anton (1847-1941). Die Vögel Afrikas. Neudamm: J. Neumann, 1900-1905. 6 parts bound in 4 volumes including Atlas, 8° (266 x 190mm). Half-tone photographic portrait frontispiece. 30 hand-coloured lithographic plates heightened with gum arabic by and after Bruno Geisler and T.G. Meisner, printed by O. Hollmann and Rau & Sohn, 4 hand-coloured maps, 3 folding, illustrations. (Very occasional light spotting, a few plates trimmed touching imprint.) Contemporary German green half cloth over marbled boards, spines titled in gilt (extremities lightly rubbed, a few minor marks). Provenance: R. Friedländer & Sohn, Berlin (bookseller's tickets). Anker 416; Nissen IVB 769; Wood p. 532 (erroneous map- and plate-count); Zimmer p. 516.
A. REICHENOW. Die Vögel Deutsch-Ost-Afrikas. Berlin: Otto Elsner for Geographische Verlagshandlung Dietrich Reimer (Hoefer & Vohsen), 1894. 8° (274 x 186mm). Illustrations after Anna Held, 44 hand-coloured and heightened with gum arabic. Errata leaf. (Occasional light marking.) Original cloth gilt (extremities lightly rubbed, minor marks). Provenance: inscription on title -- occasional pencil annotations -- Ludwig Huhn (bookseller's inkstamp). Anker 416; Fine Bird Books p. 133; Nissen IVB 770; Wood p. 532; Zimmer p. 515-516.
FIRST EDITIONS OF 'THE MOST COMPLETE AND MOST IMPORTANT MONOGRAPH ON THE BIRDS OF AFRICA' and 'a valuable, systematic descriptive treatise' (Wood). Anton Reichenow visited the Gold Coast, Gabon and Cameroon to study birds in 1872-73, before joining the staff of the Berlin Zoological Museum in 1874. In 1880 he succeeded his father-in-law, Jean Cabanis, as head of the Ornithological Section, and took his place as Secretary of the Deutsche Ornithologische Gesellschaft in 1893. He was editor of the Journal für Ornithologie from 1893 to 1921, and during the same period edited the Ornithologische Monatsberichte, which he had founded. Until his retirement in 1921, Reichenow was considered the leading European authority on African birds, a reputation based, in large part, on Die Vögel Afrikas, which 'consists of a systematic treatment of the different forms of birds (about 2400), including descriptions of the families, genera, and species, and information about their geographical distribution and habits' (Anker). (5)