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Extinct Birds. Walter Rothschild (1868-1937). London: A. C. Fowler for Hutchinson & Co., 1907. Physical Description: 1 volume. Folio (14 5/8 x 10 3/4 inches). Half-title. 49 fine plates including 45 colored collotype plates after Keulemans, Lodge, H. Grönvold, J. Smit and F. W. Frohawk, and 4 uncolored plates (ordered 1-4, 4a, 5, 5a, 6-24, 24a, 24b, 24c, 25, 25a, 25b, 26-42). Half green morocco, green marbled end papers. First Editon, limited edition, 51/300. Signed by author and dated “November 12, 1907.” An early attempt to document the number of extinct birds and warn against man’s destructive capacity. Rothschild divides the extinct species into two categories, “those known externally as well as internally, and those of which we know bones and eggshells only.” “The study of the forms of life no longer existing on the earth, from the scanty remains preserved to us, has provoked a very great interest almost from the commencement of historical times. The very small portion of this vast field I am treating of in the following pages has a special attraction, as it deals to a great extent with forms familiar in a living state to our immediate forefathers and even to some of ourselves. they fall into two distinct categories, namely those known externally as well as internally, and those of which we know bones and egg-shells only.” A 12-page bibliography precedes the descriptions of the extinct and vanishing species, which seem to belong in the majority to the Southern hemisphere and particularly to the Pacific region. (Karl Jordan, revised by V. M. Quirke for DNB). Ayer/Zimmer p.533 (“the plates are excellent”); Copenhagen/Anker 430; Nissen IVB 795; Wood, p.543 (“the highest authority on the subject”). Guidance: Swann, December 2012 - $6,240

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Extinct Birds, Rothschild, Rare Book

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