初版，大4开(37.5 x29);57幅根据J. G. 科勒曼斯画稿制作的手绘平版全页插图，3幅根据J.斯密特画稿制作的未上色劝业插图，,绿色大理石温环衬，插图及文本如新,同时期的绿色摩洛哥羊皮半皮装帧，书籍以竹节分为，镀金书名。书口稍有磨损，书脊颜色稍褪，品相甚佳。
The Last of Elliot’s Great Monographs on Birds
ELLIOT, Daniel Giraud. A monograph of the bucerotidae, or family of the hornbills. New York, by the Author for the subscribers, -1882.
£16,500 [ref: 101470]
An excellent copy of the last of Elliot’s great monographs on birds.
A comprehensive treatment of the entire family of hornbills. Elliot was drawn to this genus by ‘The very peculiar appearance of the majority of the birds contained in this volume, as well as the extraordinary habits and structure common to all, which make them differ from other feathered creatures, together with the generally meagre account of many of the species’ (Preface). The Hornbills was Elliot's last major ornithological work before his appointment as curator of zoology at the Field Museum of Natural History.
Elliot (1835-1915) is probably the leading American bird artist after Audubon. He was one of the founders of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. He produced luxurious works on ornithology and zoology, in collaboration with illustrators such as Joseph Wolf, Joseph Smit, and, as here, Keulemans.
Provenance: W.J. Lucas (ex libris); S. H. Scudder Library, gift of Samuel Hubbard Scudder, dated 1903 (library catalogue label); Kobrin (ex libris).
First edition, large 4to (37.5 x 29); 57 fine hand-coloured lithographed plates after and by J. G. Keulemans, 3 uncoloured plates of generic characters after and by J. Smit, green marbled endpapers, plates and text very fresh, contemporary green half morocco, spinein six parts with raised bands and gilt title, edges a little rubbed and spine faded, an excellent copy. Ayer/Zimmer 207; Fine Bird Books p74; Nissen (IVB), 297.