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John Gould

John Gould was not only one of the most distinguished ornithologist of the nineteenth

century, he was also a brilliant artist and highly skilled publisher. Over a period of

fifty years he brought these energies together, dominated the field of ornithological

discovery, and produced folio works of unrivalled beauty and scholarship.

 

Each work he conceived, researched (often by extensive travel in hazardous conditions) and

wrote. For the lithographic plates he composed the subjects, did rough drawings of

great perception, and personally supervised the completion of the plate by his wife

and other artists. And not least, having brought the work into being, he subscribed,

distributes, and sold the copies to the most discriminating audience of the day - from

royalty to the leading natural history institutions and scholars in Great Britain, Europe,

America, and Australia.

 

‘All ornithologists are not artists. Many artists are not successful businessmen. In the

field of natural history the accomplishments of this man in his 76 years of life from

1804 to 1881 are truly monumental. No other ornithologist has ever exceeded (or

will ever exceed) the number of Gould’s bird discoveries and the magnitude and

splendour of his folio publications’ (Gordon Sauer, John Gould the bird man).

 

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  1. Two hand-coloured lithographs. 56 cm (22 inches) height x 38.5 cm (15 inches) width.

    £2,500
  2. Original hand-coloured lithograph. Mounted, overall size: 69cm by 52.6cm.

    £650
  3. Original hand-coloured lithograph. Mounted, overall size: 69cm by 52.6cm.

    £650
  4. Original hand-coloured lithograph. Mounted, overall size: 51 by 67cm.

    £950
  5. Original hand-coloured lithograph. Mounted, overall size: 69cm by 52.6cm.

    £650
  6. First edition in book form; 8vo; one spot to first three leaves, else fine; publisher's maroon cloth gilt, spine faded and ends bumped, corners rubbed, offsetting to both free endpapers and near contemporary ink ownership to front free one, otherwise very good.

    £875
 

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