Birds designated as Natural Monuments in Korea + 3 ALS and original report on crane conservation

By Won, Hon Koo

SKU# 15839

$ 200.00

Pp. (10), 150; 61 color photos, 121 black-and-white photos and line-drawings, 45 text-figures. Publisher’s original blue cloth, lettered in gilt on the spine and front cover, sm 4to (10.4 x 7.5 inches). This rare volume documents the state of protection of the wild birds of Korea based on research on birds designated as national monuments and their habitats in 1973. This volume also discusses the creation of 735 acres of marshy land around the Han River as protected habitat for the white naped crane. The text is in Korean with Latin names of birds used throughout; there is also a second title page in Japanese. From the research library of ornithologist Oliver L. Austin (past Director of the Austin Ornithological Research Center in Wellfleet, MA and past Curator of Ornithology at the Florida Museum of Natural History), with his rectangular Japanese/English name-stamp seal on the front endpaper. This book is offered with interesting ancillary material. There is a signed letter, dated Jan. 29, 1975, to Oliver L. Austin from Lee Won Kyong, Minister of Culture and Information on the protection of habitat for the white naped crane and presenting this copy of ‘Birds designated as Natural Monuments in Korea.’ There is a second letter from Austin to Lee Wong Kyong, dated Dec. 11, 1974, on the Crane Conservation proposal being backed by the International Crane Foundation and transmitting a copy of the crane proposal. A third signed letter, dated Dec. 5, 1974, is attached from Marie R. Oesting, Assistant Director of the International Crane Foundation, to Oliver Austin asking him to write to Lee Wong Kyong in order to transmit a copy of ‘A Crane Conservation Proposal’ authored by Kim Hon Kyu and George Archibald. Finally, a typescript copy of the 12 page ‘A Crane Conservation Proposal’ is attached; this includes two crane migration maps, one habitat map and a four page list of the birds present in English, Latin, and Korean. An interesting association copy.

Publisher Ministry of Culture and Information
Publisher Place Seoul, Korea
Date Published 1974
Date Published Estimated No
Edition First edition
Number of Volumes 1
Reprint No
Condition Fine
Condition Description Small bumps to outer corners of volume; a bright and clean copy in fine condition with all correspondence included in an envelope from the AMNH in New York.
Limited Edition