BREHM, Christian Ludwig (1787-1864)
Handbuch der Naturgeschichte aller Vögel Deutschlands
Ilmenau: Druck und Verlag von Bernh. Friedr. Voight, 1831. Thick 8vo. (8 3/4 x 5 inches). xxiv, 1085,  pp. 47 hand-coloured engraved plates by Müller after Bädeker.
Original paper-backed plain boards, paper spine label
First edition of a "classic treatise on mid-European avifauna" (Wood).
A German pastor in a village south of Leipzig, Brehm was a noted ornithologist and bird skin collector. Brehm's collection of 15,000 bird skins were purchased by Lord Rothschild for his Natural History Museum at Tring. Interestingly, this work by Brehm is referenced by Charles Darwin, who borrowed a copy in 1856 and who discusses Brehm's division of species in the second part of his "big book" (see Stauffer, ed., Charles Darwin's Natural Selection, p. 114).
Wood p 255; Ayer/Zimmer p 90; Nissen 140.