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THOMSON, Charles Wyville (editor). Report on the Scientific Results of the Voyage of H.M.S. Challenger during the years 1873-76 under the command of Captain George S. Nares... and Captain Frank Turle Thomson... Zoology - vol.II [part VIII - Report on the birds]. London: Neill & Co. of Edinburgh for H.M.S.O., sold by Longmans & Co, John Murray [etc.], 1881.
4° (318 x 250mm). 30 hand-coloured lithographic plates by and after Joseph Smit, printed by Hanhart, letterpress section title cut down and inlaid (as issued?). (Small repaired tear to upper blank margin of plates XXI to XXVIII.) Contemporary red morocco-backed boards, spine gilt with blue/green morocco lettering-piece. Provenance: early pencilled note on title 'Gt. Brit. Challenger office'.
FIRST EDITION of the complete bird section from the series of thirty-two volumes which made up the 'Zoology' section of the scientific reports of the 'Challenger' voyage. The section was overseen by Philip Lutley Sclater, but is made up from various articles by Arthur, Marquis of Tweedale, Sclater, Dr. Otto Finsch, Tommaso Salvadori, William Alexander Forbes, Osbert Salvin, Howard Saunders and A.H. Garrod. Cf. BM(NH) II, p.716; Fine Bird Books (1990) p.147; Nissen ZBI 4754.
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