TRISTRAM, Henry Baker (1822-1906).
The Survey of Western Palestine. The Fauna and Flora of Palestine
London: The Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund, 1884. Quarto. (11 x 8 1/2 inches). 20 lithographed plates (13 hand coloured).
Contemporary half dark blue morocco over marbled paper covered boards, spine with raised bands in six compartments, lettered in the second and fourth, the others panelled in gilt, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt.
Provenance: Duke of Westminster (armorial bookplate, stamp in gilt on top compartment of spine)
A lovely copy of the first edition with hand coloured plates: from the library of the Duke of Westminster.
This monumental work on the fauna and flora of the region includes the plates of mammals and birds beautifully hand-coloured, most lithographed by J. Smit. "An account of the natural products of Palestine, based chiefly on the author's own observations and collections secured during four visits to the country. In the section on birds 348 species are enumerated, with the addition of brief notes on their occurrence and geographical distribution" (Anker).
Nissen ZBI 417; Anker 510.