London: The Bombay Natural History Society, 1908. First Edition. Large format hardcover octavo (28 x 19cm); pp. (xii), 292 + 30 colour plates; brown leather spine and corners; spine banded with lettering in gilt; green cloth covered boards; top edge gilt; marbled endpapers; one of 1200 limited copies.
Leather at the front hinge at the head of the spine is chipped; spine sunned; tender at gutters; edges, hinges and corners gently abraded; cloth covers gently scuffed and a little marked; edges of text block and outer margins of endpapers a touch nibbled; fore and bottom edges as well as endpapers are a shade toned; light spotting throughout, heavier towards the front and back of the book; faint toning to pages facing plates. Item #1314
Edward Charles Stuart Baker (1864 – 1944) was a British ornithologist and police officer. Baker spent the majority of his career working in India as part of the Assam police and in his spare time he collected and catalogued Indian birds. This volume, focussing on ducks, was drawn together from articles that Baker previously wrote for the Bombay Natural History Society's Journal and is reprinted with corrections and additions. Each article reads as a compilation of personal diary and text book as Baker interweaves scientific information and references to further materials with his own personal observations of each bird. Beautifully illustrated with colour plates by H. Gronvold, G. E. Lodge and J. G. Keulemans.