HACHISUKA, Masauji. The Dodo and Kindred Birds or the extinct birds of the Mascarene Islands.

H.F. & G. Witherby. 1953.


4to. Original cloth and dustwrapper; pp. xvi + 250, 22 plates, text illustrations; spine of wrapper with repaired chip to foot and evidence of removed label, otherwise very good indeed. Provenance: reference copy of Time-Life Books, with inkstamp to ffep, title page and fore-edge.

First edition, unnumbered copy from a limited edition of 485. The standard and most comprehensive work on the dodo of Mauritius and the Solitaires of Réunion and Rodriguez. The nephew of the last shogun, Hachisuka was a Japanese aristocrat whose passion for ornithology was nurtured during his studies at Selwyn College Cambridge. He made a number of important ornithological expeditions to Iceland, North Africa and the Congo. He died in 1953 and this essential work was published posthumously.