Near fine in original brown cloth with gilt lettering. Volume XVIII: Scansores Containing the Family Picidae (woodpeckers). Fifteen chromolithographic plates by Peter SMIT.The complete work published in 27 volumes (1874-1898) provided a detailed description of every bird with synonomy and distribution. Each volume included a section of color plates. 'Unquestionably the most important work on systematic ornithology that has ever been published.' -Zimmer.