TIMMERMANN, Günter. Die Vögel Islands. Reykjavík: Ísa foldarprentsmiðja H.F./ H.F. Leifur. 1937, 1939, 1949.
8vo. 3 vols bound in one. Half blue morocco, marbled boards, gilt lettering to spine; pp. 110, 6 plates, 1 text illustration; 111-238, 3 plates, 7 text illustrations; 239-524, 5 plates, 5 text illustrations; loose map of Iceland to rear, original wrappers of vol. 1 bound in; loose map with small tape repair, very good. Provenance: presentation copy, front wrapper of vol. 1 inscribed by the author.
First edition. Text in German. These three volumes of the Vísindafélag Islendinga comprise Günter Timmermann's scarce work on Icelandic ornithology. Timmermann (1908-1979) was German zoologist who was posted to Iceland in 1932 to study the avifauna there. He left in 1939, just before the war, and returned to Germany where he became a lecturer at the University of Rostock. He went back to Iceland from 1949-1952 to finish his fieldwork. This comprehensive work is scarce on the market.