17 June 2003
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
WILSON, Scott Barchard and Arthur Humble EVANS. Aves Hawaiienses: The Birds of the Sandwich Islands. London: R.H. Porter, 1890-99.
8 parts in one volume, 4o (315 x 249 mm). 64 hand-colored lithographed plates after and by F.W. Frohawk (63 fine illustrations of birds, one of eggs), 3 lithographed plates of bird structures after H. Gadow by J. Klinkhardt (including one partially hand-colored), 3 photographic illustrations of birds' nests, and a lithographed map of the Hawaiian Islands by E. Wilson (some foxing throughout, plates with small ink manuscript number in lower left corner). Contemporary red half morocco, spine gilt, top edge gilt (some light wear).
FIRST EDITION of this milestone work on Hawaiian ornithology describing many previously unknown species. "The text is comprehensive and the illustrations are very fine examples of Frohawk's careful work... Frohawk manages to have...clear-cut profiles of his birds..." (Jackson). Fine Bird Books, p.157; Jackson Lithography 105; Nissen IVB 1000.
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