# 42653

SCLATER, Philip Lutley and SALVIN, Osbert

Exotic ornithology, containing figures and descriptions of new or rare species of American Birds.

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By Philip Lutley Sclater and Osbert Salvin. London : Bernard Quaritch, 1869. Quarto, finely bound in modern full crushed Morocco decorated in gilt, spine in compartments with raised bands, gilt lines and lettering; speckled edges; pp. vi; 204, with 100 fine hand-coloured lithographed plates by Joseph Smit; internally clean, a magnificent copy.

A fine book introducing newly recorded species of American birds to a scientific readership, authored by Sclater, Secretary of the Zoological Society of London, aided by distinguished ornithologist and herpetologist Salvin. It was originally issued in thirteen parts between 1866 – 1869.

The most recent copy at auction achieved GBP 11,970 (Sotheby’s, The Library of Henry Rogers Broughton, 2nd Baron Fairhaven, 18 May 2022, lot 199).


Anker 450 (“beautiful plates”); Fine Bird Books, p. 106; Nissen IVB 844; McGill/Wood, p. 558; Zimmer, p. 560