London: H.F. & G. Witherby, 1928 & 1936. First editions. Hardcover. "The Birds of Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands" is a subscriber's copy with the limitation of #34 out of the total run of 225. The "Supplement to the Birds of Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands" is unbound and in its original fascicles 23 in total with one fascicle missing (pages 14 to 20). Typically this second supplementary volume is incomplete and ours is no exception but when you have such an important work and such a limited run, incomplete is better than nothing.
In total, these two volumes have 49 hand colored plates including the very desirable images of the Penguins. Fine lithographed plates after J.G. Keulemans, H. Gronvold, R. Green, and F.W. Frohawk with original color, heightened with gum arabic.
The Birds of Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands - royal 4to xii, (4) 139pp, 47 plates. Bound in a worn half green morocco and marble boards cover with the original printed paper wrapper bound in. Besides some ink lines through the title on the cover, the issue is fine, bright and clean. Top edge is dyed in red and the foredge is untrimmed. Libraries Australia ID 13883353
Supplement to the Birds of Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands - unbound and in its original fascicles, 23 in total with one fascicle missing (pages 14 to 20). Royal 4to xiv, (2) 177pp, 26 plates. Fine condition.Bagnall, M1336, Libraries Australia ID 5507358
The scarce supplements to Mathews' masterwork on the birds of Australia, the last hand coloured ornithological works to be produced. Otherwise very good condition. Item #27707