REICHENOW, Anton (1847-1941). Vogelbilder aus fernen Zonen Abbildungen und Beschreibungen der Papageien. Kassel: Theodor Fischer, 1878-1883.

$ 4,800.00

REICHENOW, Anton (1847-1941). Vogelbilder aus fernen Zonen Abbildungen und Beschreibungen der Papageien. Kassel: Theodor Fischer, 1878-1883.

Folio (15 4/8 x 11 4/8 inches). 33 fine chromolithographic plates finished by hand after Gustav Mürtzel (1839-1893) (some light spotting and staining throughout). Contemporary half green morocco, marbled paper boards, gilt, by C. Balesdent of Rio de Janeiro, with his ticket on the front paste-down (extremities quite worn with loss).

Provenance: with the elaborate pictorial bookplate of Emil August Goeldi v. T. (1859 – 1917) dated 1902 on the front paste-down.

First edition, originally issued in 11 parts, each with 3 plates and 2 leaves of text, with the supplement, as here. A comprehensive monograph on parrots, with magnificent illustrations by Murtzel of parrots from around the world: the Americas, including a portrait of the Carolina parrot, Macaws; Australia, including portraits of Barraband, Twenty-eight, Red-winged, King-Lory, Rosella, Sulphur-crested, Red-Crested cockatoos, parrots, galahs, parakeets and lorikeets; Africa, the Grey parrot; and many from Asian and Papua New Guinea.

From the distinguished library of Swiss-Brazilian natural historian Emil Goeldi, who founded Brazil's natural history museum, the Museu Paraense at the mouth of the Amazon at Belem in 1894, and after whom the museum is now named. Göldi (or Goeldi) described numerous new species of Brazilian birds and mammals, many of which bear his name. In addition to his zoology work, Göldi also made important contributions to the field of epidemiology and public health in Brazil. In particular he studied the transmission of yellow fever and advocated the importance of fighting the mosquito as the primary carrier of the disease, several years before Oswaldo Cruz’s public health campaign.

Anton Reichenow, a German ornithologist and herpetologist, was a particular expert on parrots. He created a system of classifying birds, in which he designated six groups: “shortwings, swimmers, stiltbirds, skinbills, yoketoes, and treebirds.” Although this terminology was not widely adopted by ornithologists, it is used in the standard decimal library cataloguing system. A number of bird species are named after Reichenow, and he is credited with describing one new genus and two new species of frog, as well as two new species of lizard.

 A very good copy illustrating the intellectual relationship of two important scientific figures in the late nineteenth century. Casey A. Wood p. 532; Nissen ZBI: 3350; Ripley/Scribner p. 238; Zimmer pp. 514-15. Catalogued by Kate Hunter