The Geese of Europe and Asia

The Geese of Europe and Asia: being the description of most of the Old World species, by Sergius Alpheraky (published by Rowland Ward, 1905)

Introduced by Darren Bloodworth, C Arden Books 


We are selling this first edition with 24 colour chromolithograph plates of geese and their bills by F W Frohawk and coloured frontispiece by Dr P P Sushkin. It has original green cloth boards, minor, scattered foxing to content, and a bookplate of Arthur B. Duncan to front paste-down.

It has a dedication from Rowland Ward which reads ‘Captain Stanley Flower, with Rowland Ward[s] Kind Regards 1906’. Captain Flower (1871-1946) was Director of the Cairo Zoological Gardens, Egypt between 1898-1924. We are selling this book for £525 from our shop in Hay-on-Wye.


James Rowland Ward (1848–1912) was a British taxidermist, founder of Rowland Ward Limited of Piccadilly, London, in the last quarter of the 19th century. The company specialised in and was renowned for its work taxidermy on birds and big-game trophies, but it did other types of work as well.

Rowland Ward was also a well-known publisher of natural history and big-game hunting narratives. Rowland Ward’s father, was a very well-known taxidermist in his day. Edwin H Ward traveled with John James Audubon on his expeditions, and Ward collected and prepared the bird skins for the artist. These specimens were later used by Audubon in his epic The Birds of America.



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