Dresser, History of the Birds of Europe

A history of the birds of Europe, including all the species inhabiting the western palaearctic region. 

 

H(enry) E(eles) Dresser.  Self-published, London.  Royal Quarto.

8 volumes in 84 parts, 1871--1882

 

 

A history of the birds of Europe was an exhaustive review of the avifauna of the Palearctic region, including the whole of Europe to the Urals and Caucasus ranges in Russia, as well as Asia Minor and the Mediterranean regions of northern Africa.  Keulemans contributed more colored plates (about 673 of the 723 issued for all volumes, including the Supplement) for this series than for any of his other monographs or journal publications. 

 

Henry Eeles Dresser (1838--1915) began publishing the parts in 1871, with the eighth volume being issued in 1882 (though some sources cite the previous year as the year of publication for this).  The extent to which Dresser provided his descriptions is remarkable; some six pages were devoted to an entry on the accidental American form of hawk owl.  

  

Richard Bowdler Sharpe assisted the author until publication of part 13, though he was still credited for his contributions up to the publication of part 17.  Part of the synopses was evaluated by Lord Walden (Marquis of Tweeddale).  No plates were included in the first volume (an index), but overall, Birds of Europe included 634 of them, and Keulemans was the artist for about 589.  Joseph Wolf, W(illiam) M(atthew) Hart, Edward Neale, and J(oseph) Smit also contributed illustrations.  

 

In some printings the plates were not numerated.  In this exhibit, where a plate number can be identified but is not indicated, it is provided in parentheses.

 

 

Supplement to a history of the birds of Europe, including all the species inhabiting the Western Palaearctic Region, forming volume IX. 

 

Self-published, London.  Royal Quarto.

 

The Supplement (1895--1896) was written more than a decade after Dresser had completed Birds of Europe, and it provided entries for many of the species which had either been recorded as accidental to the Palaearctic region or which had been described since the publication of the eighth volume.  The eight parts issued included 89 plates which, in some printings, were not numbered.  Keulemans was the artist for all of these. 

 

 


 

This completed exhibit of Birds of Europe includes 677 plates by Keulemans, the entirety of which includes all the plates from the Supplement, as well as all representative figures of birds belonging to the Passeriformes, in addition to which another 7 orders (Apodiformes, Caprimulgiformes, Ciconiiformes, Columbiformes, Cuculiformes, Gaviiformes,  Piciformes).

(Plates not issued by Keulemans:  46)


 


 

Gaviiformes     This section has 2 pages.

Procellariiformes     This section has 2 pages. 

Pelecaniformes     This section has 3 pages.

Ciconiiformes     This section has 2 pages.

Anseriformes     This section has 3 pages.  

Falconiformes     This section has 3 pages.

Galliformes      This section has 2 pages. 

Gruiformes     This section has 2 pages.

Charadriiformes:  Charadriidae     This section has 2 pages.

Charadriiformes:  Scolopacidae

Charadriiformes:  Glareolidae

Charadriiformes:  Laridae     This section has 2 pages.

Charadriiformes:  Alcidae

Charadriiformes:  Haematopodidae  ((see below))

Charadriiformes:  Recurvirostridae

Charadriiformes:  Stercorariidae

Charadriiformes:  Burhinidae

Columbiformes     This section has 2 pages.

Cuculiformes

Strigiformes     This section has 2 pages.

Caprimulgiformes

Apodiformes

Coraciiformes 

Piciformes     This section has 2 pages.

Passeriformes:  Alaudidae     This section has 2 pages.

Passeriformes:  Motacillidae     This section has 2 pages.

Passeriformes:  Emberizidae     This section has 2 pages.

Passeriformes:  Cinclidae

Passeriformes:  Turdidae     This section has 2 pages.

Passeriformes:  Muscicapidae

Passeriformes:  Corvidae     This section has 2 pages.

Passeriformes:  Laniidae     This section has 3 pages.

Passeriformes:  Sturnidae

Passeriformes:  Sylviidae      This section has 2 pages.

Passeriformes:  Panuridae

Passeriformes:  Paridae     This section has 2 pages.

Passeriformes:  Sittidae

Passeriformes:  Fringillidae     This section has 2 pages.

Passeriformes:  Ploceidae     This section has 2 pages.

Passeriformes:  Timaliidae

Passeriformes:  Prunellidae

Passeriformes:  Pycnonotidae

Passeriformes:  Hirundinidae    This section has 2 pages.

Passeriformes:  Troglodytidae

Passeriformes:  Bombycillidae

Passeriformes:  Remizidae

Passeriformes:  Aegithalidae

Passeriformes:  Certhiidae

Passeriformes:  Oriolidae


Podicipediformes  ((Plates 629--633 were not by Keulemans.))

 

 

 

 

Charadriiformes:  Haematopodidae  (Oystercatchers)

 

533  Oyster-catcher.

Haematopus ostralegus.

 
 







Supplement, Plate 711  African Black-Oystercatcher
Haematopus moquini.