Oologia Universalis Palearctica, 78 parts (complete), in 3 volumes
By Krause, Georg
Pp. title page, index, 16 subtitles (section heads), pp. 158 (text) + 158 fine chromolithographed plates after color drawings by the author, each plate has a key on the facing page. Later one-half red straight-grain morocco over red cloth boards lettered in gilt on the spine and with gilt-panel lines, attractive marbled decorated endpapers, in wine-red textured cloth-covered thick slipcases, lg 4to (12 1/2 x 9 3/8 inches). The text is presented in both German and English. The entire work (text and plates) is printed on card stock; the plates are not numbered but a former owner has neatly numbered them in pencil in the upper outer corner. (Zimmer, p. 360-361) describes the work: “A series of large, beautifully drawn and colored plates of the eggs of Palaearctic birds, showing series and variations in greater or less number. The text, in German and English, gives name and synonymy, and details of nidification in concise form for each species, with full data for each egg or clutch shown. The work was interrupted in 1913, and has never been resumed.” The original prospectus advertising the work is laid in at the beginning of volume 1. See also Wood, p. 422. No ownership signatures or bookplates.
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|Number of Volumes||3|
|Condition Description||A fine copy in fine slipcases.|