with early photographs
JÄGER, Dr. Gustav. Bericht über ein fast vollständiges Skelet von Palapteryx ingens über dessen Restauration und die davon angefertigten Gypsabgüsse; mit einigen Bemerkungen über die Aufstellung der Vogelskelete überhaupt. Wien, Wilhelm Braumüller, 1863.
4to. Original printed wrappers; pp. 12; two large format photographs; slightly soiled, else very good, now contained in a purpose-made flapcase.
First edition. At the time of writing, Jäger was the director of the Vienna Zoological Garden. The skeleton, two magnificent photographs of which illustrate this paper, was found by Prof. Dr. v. Hochstetter during his time in New Zealand as part of the Austrian Novara Expedition to which he was appointed as senior geologist. According to the New Zealand Dictionary of National Biography entry for Hochstetter, he and a small group of others made a scientific exploration of the North Island: "Hochstetter and Haast then travelled by ship to Nelson, calling briefly at New Plymouth. They examined the Dun Mountain copper prospects, the Jenkins Hill coal deposits, Lake Rotoiti and Cape Farewell. Colonists contributed fossils for examination, and Julius Haast and Christopher Maling excavated moa bones from the Aorere Valley. The trophies were brought to Nelson in triumph, on bullocks decked with flowers."