ORNITHOLOGIST

[Hans Friedrich Gadow, German ornithologist, Curator of the Strickland Collection, Cambridge University.] Six Autograph Letters Signed (all 'H Gadow') to the literary agent W. M. Colles, regarding his book 'Through Southern Mexico'.

Author: 
Hans Friedrich Gadow [Dr H. F. Gadow, FRS] (1855-1928), German ornithologist in England, Curator of the Strickland Collection, Cambridge University [William Morris Colles (1865-1926), literary agent]
Publication details: 
Five on letterheads of The University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge; one on letterhead of Cleramendi, Gt. Shelford, nr. Cambridge. Between 15 July 1907 and 13 February 1908
£550.00

The six letters, all on bifoliums, total 16pp., 12mo. All are written in a close tight hand. Each has a purple receipt stamp of Colles's firm the Authors' Syndicate, and the number '3088' in blue pencil. The letters relate to the preparation of his book 'Through Southern Mexico, Being an Account of the Travels of a Naturalist', published in London by Witherby & Co. in 1908. As one might expect from a scientist, Hadow is most particular. The main topic is the illustrations for the book and their titles.

[ Robert Wilson Shufeldt, American ornithologist and white supremacist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('R. W. Shufeldt') to Alexander Ramsey, regarding the 'Scientific Roll'.

Author: 
Robert Wilson Shufeldt (1850-1934), American ornithologist and white supremacist [ Alexander Ramsey ]
Publication details: 
From Fort Wigate, New Mexico. 28 January 1886.
£320.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. A presentation copy of the 'Scientific Roll' has 'just come to hand, as I have been snowed in at this point for a long time': 'if my purse were only as willing as my spirit I would put the shoulder to the wheel with you. It is a splendid work, and I look for the remaining parts with great interest.' He ends by asking to be put down as a subscriber. Ramsay's 'Scientific Roll: A Bibliography, Guide and Index to Climate' appeared between 1880 and 1884, and 'Scientific Roll and Magazine of Systematized Notes' appeared between 1890 and 1900.

[ Howard Saunders, ornithologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed to E. L. Arnold, asking for more particulars about the piratical-looking birds' referred to in his 'Indian Hills', and explaining that gulls and terns are his 'speciality'.

Author: 
Howard Saunders (1835-1907), ornithologist [ E. L. Arnold [ Edwin Lester Linden Arnold ] (1857-1935), author ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 7 Radnor Place, Gloucester Square, W. [ London ] 18 December 1881.
£56.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Forty-eight lines of text. Arnold's 'On the Indian Hills, or Coffee-Planting in Southern India' had been published in London earlier in the year, and Saunders writes that '[a]s an ornithologist' he has been 'much interested by the numerous allusions to the birds observed [...] but most of all by your remarks on the outward voyage (pp.101-3) on the gulls &c of the Red Sea'.

[ Charles Lucien Bonaparte, ornithologist and nephew of Napoleon. ] Autograph Signature (' C L. Bonaparte').

Author: 
Charles Lucien Bonaparte [ Charles Lucien Jules Laurent Bonaparte, 2nd Prince of Canino and Musignano ] (1803-1857), biologist and ornithologist, nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£56.00

On 5.5 x 14 cm. strip of paper. Apparently written in response to a request for an autograph. Reads: 'I am much flattered by the demand | C L. Bonaparte' ('demand' being a mistake for 'request').

[ John Gould, ornithologist. ] Autograph Note Signed to London bookseller J. E. Cornish, acknowledging a payment.

Author: 
John Gould (1804-1881), ornithologist [ J. E. Cornish, London bookseller ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 'London, 26, Charlotte Street, | Bedford Square. W. E.' 19 August 1870.
£150.00

1p., 12mo. In very good condition. Large bold signature. 'Dear Sir | Thanks for your prompt remittance: I return the a/c duly accepted and remain | Dear Sir | Yours very truly | John Gould | Mr. J. E. Cornish'. Docketted at top left.

Typed Letter Signed ('Oliver G. Pike') from the ornithologist Oliver Gregory Pike, offering his services as a lecturer.

Author: 
Oliver G. Pike [Oliver Gregory Pike] (1877-1963), FZS, FRPS, British ornithologist, wildlife photographer and documentary pioneer
Publication details: 
On his letterhead of 'The Birdland Lectures, The Bungalow, Leighton Buzzard.' May 1925.
£80.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, aged and lightly-creased. The letterhead includes fourteen endorsements from newspapers in the left-hand margin, with Pike described as 'Author of the Birdland Books. | 100,000 copies sold.' Although bearing a genuine signature, the letter may be a circular. Pike is enclosing 'a copy of my Lecture Prospectus for next season' (not present). He goes on to discuss his 'new Lecture entitled: - "BIRDLAND CAMEOS"', before concluding: 'If your Society should decide to engage me, I can promise them a thoroughly interesting evening.'

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