SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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LYDEKKER, Richard.
Wild Oxen, Sheep, and Goats of all lands living and extinct.

The most difficult of all the Rowland Ward published and Lydekker/ Bryden authored a series of five volumes on the game animals of the world to get. Covers all the wild sheep of Europe, Asia, and North America. In addition, it covers the ibex of Asia and Europe as well as the wild Oxen of the Old and New World. Contains 28 magnificent hand-colored plates. The finest book ever produced for the international sheep hunter and rightly considered a crown jewel in his library. For some reason, this book, which has the same limitation as the companion volume Bryden/Great and Small Game of Africa, is much harder to find than the other volumes.

London: Rowland Ward Ltd., 1898.
Nissen ZBI 2614.
London: Rowland Ward Ltd., 1898.

FIRST EDITION. 4to., limited to 500 copies (this example #448) signed by Rowland Ward, xiv, 318pp., complete with erratum and corrigenda, 28 hand-coloured lithographed plates by J. Smit, modern green half morocco, over marbled boards, twin rule in gilt to boards, raised bands in gilt to spine, lettered and ruled in gilt to spine, an excellent copy. A rare monograph with outstanding colour plates by Smit. Coloured plates in order: 1. Gaur. 2. Bull Gayal. 3. Javan Banting. 4. Yak. 5. European Bison. 6. American Bison. 7. Cape Buffalo. 8. Congo Buffalo. 9. Indian Buffalo. 10. Tamarau and Anoa. 11. Musk-Ox. 12. European Muflon. 13. Salt-Range Urial. 14. Siberian Argali. 15. Tibetan Argali. 16. Marco Polo's Sheep, Pamir Race. 17. Rocky Mountain Bighorn. 18. Kamschatkan Bighorn. 19. Arui, or African Sheep. 20. Bharal, or Blue Sheep. 21. East Caucasian Tur. 22. West Caucasian Tur. 23. Spanish Tur. 24. Persian Wild Goat. 25. Asiatic (Thian Shan) Ibex. 26. Astor Markhor. 27. Himalayan Tahr. 28. Nilgiri Tahr.