Sale: 366 / Rare Books including Marine Art, May 17./18. 2010 in Hamburg Lot 26

 
George Ernest Shelley - Birds of Africa, 6 Bde. (1896)

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George Ernest Shelley
Birds of Africa, 6 Bde. (1896)
Estimate:
€ 3,500 / $ 3,850
Sold:
€ 5,160 / $ 5.676

(incl. 20% surcharge)
Lot description
Shelley, G. E., The birds of Africa, comprising all the species which occur in the Ethiopian region. 5 vols in 6. With 57 colored lithogr. plates. London, R. H. Porter 1896-1912. Contemp.half calf with label in colors and contemp cloth (5) with top edge gilt. 4to.Nissen, Vogelb. 874. - Anker 470. - Zimmer pp. 589f. - Wood p. 564. - Fine Bird Books p. 142. - Complete copy of the comprehensive publication on the birds of Africa. Vol. I contains a register of 2534 types of birds. "Many new genera and species are described. The illustrations are most excellent." (Zimmer) - With the splendid, partly lucent colored plates after drawings by Grönevold and Keulemans. - Vols. I and II in 1 vol.; besides vol. IV and V, vol. II was initially also released in 2 parts. Shelley died before he had completed his work; vol. V/2 was released by W. L. Sclater. - Inside clean copy. Spine ends of canvas with small blemishes and spines faded, half calf slightly rubbed. - With engr. bookplate William H. Workman (presumably former Los Angeles mayor, 1839-1918) with family motto.
26
George Ernest Shelley
Birds of Africa, 6 Bde. (1896)
Estimate:
€ 3,500 / $ 3,850
Sold:
€ 5,160 / $ 5.676

(incl. 20% surcharge)