BULLER, Walter Lawry (1838-1906) - E.G. Turbott, editor
Buller's Birds of New Zealand: a New Edition of Sir Walter Lawry Buller's A History of the Birds of New Zealand
London: Macdonald & Co., 1967. Quarto. (14 5/16 x 10 inches). xviii, 261pp. Includes index. 48 plates.
Quarter dark blue faux-leather, blue cloth boards with gilt image in gold on upper cover.
Reprint of this "notable contribution to science," with color reproductions of the renowned lithographs by J.G. Keulemans.
Buller, who was knighted for his services to New Zealand ornithology, published the first edition of his work, "A History of the Birds of New Zealand" in an edition of 500 copies with only 36 plates in 1872-3. The lithographic stones were then destroyed. The demand for the work was such that he was persuaded to undertake the second edition, which included details of many more species than the first and gives names, synonymies, detailed descriptions and elaborate accounts of the habits and distribution of the birds, however it was necessary for Keulemans to completely re-draw the plates for the original subjects as well as undertake the additional plates of the newly discovered species. This present work reproduces the 48 lithographs by J.G. Keulemans from the 1888 edition, accompanied by further supplemental descriptions from the editor.