MILNE EDWARDS, ALPHONSE, and ALFRED GRANDIDIER.
Histoire physique, naturelle et politique de Madagascar. Volume XII [-XV]. Histoire naturelle des oiseaux. Paris: L'Imprimerie Nationale, 1876-85.
Text volume plus 3 atlas volumes. Large 4to (315 x 235 mm). , 779 pp. With 397 (of 399) lithographed plates, including 163 chromolithographed and 73 tinted, after Keulemans, Huet, Faguet and Louveau, and including one duplicate chromolithograph. Contemporary half-morocco with original wrappers bound in. Lacking plate 55 (supplied in facsimile) and 275A, old pale marginal dampstaining to text volume and to first three plates of atlas vol 2 and first six plates of atlas vol 3, five or six plates toned in atlas vol 3, splitting to gutters of atlas vol 1.
Provenance: Sherwin Carlquist (bookplates); Doubleday & Company ink stamp to verso of plates 108 & 246 with printers marks on recto.
FIRST EDITION, being the birds portion of a comprehensive history of Madagascar edited by Grandidier.