GRAY, GEORGE ROBERT. 1808-1872.
The Genera of Birds: Comprising Their Generic Characters, a Notice of the Habits of Each Genus, and an Extensive List of Species Referred to Their Several Genera. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, -49.
Folio (368 x 252 mm). xxvi, ; iv, [301-483]; iv, [484-669], 117 pp. Half-title and list of subscribers in volume 1. With 185 hand-colored lithographed plates of birds and 150 uncolored lithographed plates of anatomical detail by and after D.W. Mitchell and Joseph Wolf. Modern blue morocco, spines gilt-lettered, t.e.g. Scattered spotting to uncolored plates mostly to verso and margins, dampstaining to top margin of four uncolored plates in vol 2; a bright, clean copy overall.
FIRST EDITION. "A very important and beautifully illustrated fundamental work" (Wood), and the first book worked on by Joseph Wolf after his move to England in 1848. It was originally issued in 50 parts. Ayer/Zimmer p 268-9; Nissen IVB 388; Sitwell p 103; Wood p 367.