The Birds of the Belgian Congo

New York: American Museum of Natural History, 1932-39, 1953-54. First Edition. First printing. Octavo (24.5cm). 4 volumes in taupe paper wrappers, printed in black; I: x,756pp; II: [viii],632pp; III: [822]pp; IV: [x],846pp; vol. I with frontispiece, 10 plates, and folding map of the Congo at rear, vol. II color frontis., 2 color pl., 19 black and white pl., vol. III 24 pl., vol. IV 27 pl., all volumes with in-text black and white figures. Largely unopened. Generally whole, with minor wear and short tears to wrapper edges, occasional external marks and stains, vol. I wrapper detached from front joint, and with large loss to rear upper corner; overall Very Good. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History Vols. LXV, LXXV, 75A, 75B.

First edition of "one of the outstanding works of zoological research ever completed on any African region, and the best done by an American" (ANB). This work deals with the field research Chapin performed with Herbert Lang in the Congo from 1909 to 1915, while Chapin was still a student. He spent his career as a curator of ornithology at the American Museum of Natural History, and is widely regarded as one of the best ornithologists of the twentieth century.

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