An attempt to unite in one volume a short account of those birds which have become extinct in historical times...a few which still exist, but are on the verge of extinction. Forty-five colored plates by Keulemans, Lodge, Gronvold, Smit and Frohawk. Number 141 of an edition limited to 300 copies, signed by the author. Bibliography. Half black leather over green boards. A heavy, imperial volume. Front cover professionally reattached. Particulars of original purchase (25 pounds sterling) and customs documents to J.A. Mott of Des Moines laid in. Provenance of ownership and newspaper article from the Chicago Sunday Tribune attached in part to front marbled endpapers. Plates are stubbed in.