DAY, Francis (1829-1889)
The Fishes of India; Being a Natural History of the Fishes known to inhabit the seas and fresh waters of India, Burma, and Ceylon ... [Bound with:] Supplement to the Fishes of India
London: Bernard Quaritch, [1875-]1878-1888. 2 volumes, quarto. (12 1/2 x 10 inches). , xx, 778; , 779-816pp. 198 lithographed plates (numbered 1-195, plus 51A-C), after Day, Ford, Achille and others, printed by Mintern Brothers.
Contemporary half green morocco and green cloth covered boards, spine with raised bands in six compartments, lettered in the second and fourth, the others with a repeat decoration in gilt, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt.
Provenance: Sir James Ramsay-Gibson-Maitland, 4th Baronet (circular armorial bookplate, and author's presentation inscription on the supplement title)
Rare work on the fishes of India, complete with the separately-issued supplement
Published at 12 guineas, the work was commissioned by the Government of India and, according to contemporary Quaritch advertisements, includes illustrations of nearly 900 species. Day served in India as an army surgeon and later as a naturalist in the Madras Presidency, becoming the Inspector-General of Fisheries in India and Burma. This copy bound with the Supplement, which includes a presentation inscription by the author.
Nissen ZBI 1054; Nissen, Schöne Fischbüche r 48.