A Monograph of the Alcedinidae: or Family of Kingfishers
A Monograph of the Alcedinidae: or Family of Kingfishers.
London, published by the author, 1868-71. 4to (295 x 210 mm).
With 120 handcoloured lithographed plates after and by J.G. Keulemans,
heightened with gum arabic, 1 plane plate of bird's heads and 1 coloured
map. Contemporary half morocco, elaborate gilt spine in compartments,
A beautifully bound copy of one of the finest and most colourful works
illustrated by Keulemans. Copies of this particular work are always prone
to some foxing. However, this copy is particularly attractive with a lot less foxing than usual.
"Richard Bowdler Sharpe was only twenty-one years old when he began publication of his monograph of the kingfishers, yet he was already librarian of the Zoological Society and had earned himself sufficient respect to obtain the full cooperation of such important personages as Professor Schlegel 'who not only did his utmost to assist me during my visit to Leiden, but allowed me to bring to England all the specimens which I considered indispensible to the satisfactory completion of my book'. Schlegel, in addition to his generosity with specimens, had introduced Sharpe to his illustrator, Keulemans, and had thus seen another of his young protégés leave Leyden for London. Like many of the earlier bird books, 'A Monograph of the Alcedinidae' was privately
printed for the author.... ' (Skipwith, The Great Bird Illustrators, page 132).
Nissen IVB, 456, Fine Bird Books 107; Anker 464.