CORY, Charles Barney (1857-1921)
The Birds of Haiti and San Domingo
Boston: published for the Author by Estes & Lauriat, [1884-] 1885. Quarto. (11 3/4 x 8 7/8 inches). Uncoloured lithographic map, 22 hand-coloured lithographic plates (18 of birds, 1 of a nest and eggs, 3 of details of heads of birds).
Contemporary half morocco and marbled paper covered boards, spine gilt with raised bands, marbled endpapers.
Provenance: W. L. Foster (booklabel)
A fine monograph on the birds of Haiti and San Domingo, from an edition limited to 300 copies.
An exhaustive account of all the birds of Haiti and St. Domingo known in the late 19th century. The advertisement for the work notes that the "edition will be absolutely limited to three hundred copies, and will be sold only to subscribers for the complete work. Price $5.00 per part." Included are representatives of 87 genus from 42 different families. Each entry includes the synonymy and description of the individual species, together with interesting more personalised notes by the author about where he encountered the birds, how many specimens he collected, etc. The fine plates are by various artists including eight by Joseph Smit. They include 18 plates of individual or pairs of birds (these are of a total of 17 different species as there are two plates of adults and a juvenile of the same species), 1 plate of a nest with eggs in it, and three plates with multiple images of bird's heads showing a total of 23 species.
BM(NH) I,p.387; Fine Bird Books (1990) p.87; Nissen IVB 204; Wood p.300; Zimmer p.137.