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A history of the birds of Europe.: DRESSER, Henry Eles.

DRESSER, Henry Eles.

Published by London For the Author -1896 (1871)

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About this Item: London For the Author -1896, 1871. First edition, nine volumes, including supplement, large 4to, additional vignette title and 723 lithographed plates (721 hand-coloured), after and by J.G. Keulemans, J. Wolf, E. Neale, and A. Thorburn, uniformly bound in contemporary tan half morocco gilt, a very attractive collection. Dresser's Birds of Europe is the first complete work on the avifauna of Europe since that of Gould. Henry Eeles Dresser (1838-1915) was the eldest son of Henry Dresser and Eliza Ann Garbutt; he had five sisters and three brothers. His father intended him to take over the family business in the Baltic timber trade so took him out of school in Bromley and sent him to Ahrensburg in 1852, to learn German and in 1854, to Gefle and Uppsala to study Swedish. Henry Dresser spent a time in Hackman's offices in Vyborg learning Finnish during 1856 58, during which time he travelled round the Baltic coast. Dresser had a lifelong interest in birds and collected bird skins and eggs from his early teenage years. Whilst he was in Finland in 1858 he discovered breeding Waxwings and was the first English person to collect their eggs bringing fame among English ornithologists, most of whom were egg and skin collectors. Dresser was a leading figure in ornithological circles: he was elected a Member of the British Ornithologists Union in 1865 and served as its secretary from 1882 to 1888. He was a member and fellow of the 'Linnean and Zoological societies of London and an honorary fellow of the American Ornithologists' Union. He was a close friend of Professor Alfred Newton, Thomas Littleton Powys, 4th Baron Lilford and Alfred Russel Wallace and he knew all the leading ornithologists of his day. He was particularly well-known to European, American and Russian ornithologists. He worked with Alfred Newton on the development of a close time for British birds when they could not be hunted during the 1860s and 70s, an early part of the development of the bird conservation movement. He was heavily involved with the early Society for the Protection of Birds (which developed to become the RSPB). Anker 120; Fine Bird Books p72; Nissen IVB 267. Seller Inventory # 98975

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A HISTORY OF THE BIRDS OF EUROPE,: Dresser, Henry E.

Dresser, Henry E.

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About this Item: Taylor and Francis for the Author. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 1871-1881, FINE COLLECTION OF 530 SUPERB HAND- COLOURED PLATES bound from the Original Published Parts in TWO QUARTO VOLUMES. [330 x 270 mm]. Bound with Titles, xlvi including List of Subscribers + 102 pp index. These Plates are particularly attractive as without the plate number stamps normally associated with the completed work issued in 84 parts, without consecutive numbering to text or numbering to plates. Contemporary half red morocco over marbled boards, marbled endpapers. DRESSER, Henry Eales (1838-1915. Fine Quality Hand-Coloured Lithographed Plates including VULTURES, EAGLES is, Bonellis, Short Toed, Sea, Pallas, Imperial, White Shoulded, Tawny, Larger Spotted, Booted) FALCONS (Greenland x2 Iceland x2 Jerfalcon, Barbary, Lanner, Lesser Peregrine, Peregrine, Saker x2, Hobby, Merlin, && , HARRIERS, OSPREY, BUZZARDS, OWLS, GULLS, TERNS, DUCKS, KINGFISHERS, STRIKES, WOODPECKERS, BEE-EATERS, CUCKOOS, BUNTINGS x17, CROSSBILLS, FINCHES Etc. Etc. after Thorburn, Keulemans, Neale and Wolf. [ At the outset, Dresser collaborated on The History of the Birds of Europe with noted ornithologist Richard Bowlder Sharpe, and the first few parts were issued in their joint name. On Sharpe s appointment to the British Museum, where he ultimately became the curator of the bird collection, Dresser took on the task of completing the work himself. Dresser was elected as a member to the British Ornithologists Union in 1865, and served as the secretary of the Union from 1882-1888. He authored over 100 scientific papers on birds, many of which described new species and illustrated the eggs of many species of birds for the first time ] Fine Bird Books p.72; Nissen IVB 267. *Wonderful Collection * : All Plates Bright, Clean and Excellent. Seller Inventory # 1062

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Dresser , Henry E

Published by The Author (1905)

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About this Item: The Author, 1905. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Two volumes 1905-1910, Volume 1 Letter-Press , i-xix, 837 pp , photographs of nests etc , Volume 2 Plates, 106 colour plates . Contemporary half morocco somewhat rubbed and worn on the spines and corners , gilt top edges, original wrappers bound in at the end of volume 2 , armorial book plates in each volume one being of William Edward Oates father of Lawrence Oates of Antarctic fame . Overall a good set of this major work on Palearctic oology . Seller Inventory # 505553381

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A History of the Birds of Europe,: DRESSER, Henry Eeles

DRESSER, Henry Eeles (1838-1915)

Published by by the Author, London (1896)

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About this Item: by the Author, London, 1896. (12 5/8 x 9 3/4 inches). 5pp. list of subscribers, additional wood-engraved title to each volume. 723 lithographed plates (721 hand-coloured, 2 uncoloured plates, as issued), after John Gerrard Keulemans (678 plates), Joseph Wolf, Archibald Thorburn and Edward Neale, printed by M. & N. Hanhart, Walter or the Mintern Brothers, the colouring by Smith or William Mathew Hart. Contemporary red morocco gilt A definitive work of ornithology, wonderfully illustrated with hand coloured plates by Keulemans and other noted bird artists. First edition of a work which forms a comprehensive record of the birds of the entire Western Palaearctic Region. This region is defined by Dresser in the introduction as comprising "the whole of continental Europe to the Ural range, Scandinavia, Spitzbergen, the British Isles, Iceland, the Faeroes, the Azores, Madeira, and the Canary Isles, a comparatively narrow strip of North Africa, reaching to the border of the desert, Asia Minor (excluding the Jordan valley, which is essentially Ethiopia), and the Caucasus." It had been fifty years since the publication of Gould's The Birds of Europe, and the significant ornithological research conducted in the interim required a systematic and accurate new work. Dresser based this monumental work on his collection of 12,000 specimens, collected not only by himself but by a large network of colleagues across the continent. The plates include work from three of the greatest bird artists of their age: Wolf, Keulemans and Thorburn, but the majority are by John Gerrard Keulemans (1842-1912). The over 650 images he produced for this work rank as one of his greatest ornithological achievements. The work was originally issued in 84 parts, without consecutive numbering to text or numbering to plates. The lengthy publication period and the issuance in parts without regard to subject matter and without numbering, has led to many incomplete sets: the present set, however, is complete. Anker 120; Balis 111; Fine Bird Books (1990), p. 92; Mullens & Swann 179; Nissen IVB 267; Zimmer p.177. Large 4to, nine volumes, including index (Volume I) and supplement (Volume IX). Seller Inventory # 36167

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