EVANS, Arthur H. and T.E. BUCKLEY. A Vertebrate Fauna of the Shetland Islands. Edinburgh: David Douglas. 1899.
8vo. Original green cloth, gilt lettering to spine, t.e.g.; pp. xxx + 248 + [12, ads.], 15 illustrations, 1 map; slightly bumped to extremities, very good.
First edition. A Vertebrate Fauna of Scotland series. A scarce and sought after volume, "one which should be indispensable to every visitor to the most northern group of the British Islands, whether or no he be specially interested in birds. For in place of restricting themselves to a detailed account of the various members of their vertebrate fauna, Messrs. Evans and Buckley have furnished a very interesting description of the more striking physical features of these islands, together with numerous notes on the people and their mode of life. But perhaps the most generally attractive feature of the work will be the exquisite views of Shetland scenery with which it is adorned; these illustrations reflecting the highest credit alike on the photographer and on the artist responsible for their reproduction in the present form" (Richard Lydekker, review, Nature 62, 75-76 ,24 May 1900). This remains a standard work.
From the library of R.J. Berry.