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GOULD, John

A century of birds from the Himalaya Mountains.

Stock Code
101472
London, For the Author, 1832
£32,500

Gould's first folio illustrated work.

The sketches of birds of the Himalaya Mountains, were drawn from a valuable collection of bird-skins which he received, mainly from the North-western Himalayas, in 1830. This work, transferred to stone by Elizabeth Gould, was by far the most accurately illustrated work on foreign ornithology up to this time, and remains to this day a particularly fine series of ornithological plates. The subscribers' list (here present) comprises 298 names, including J.J. Audubon, Baron Cuvier, Sir William Jardine, John Latham, Edward Lear, Captain Frederick Marryatt, Sir Thomas Phillipps, Dr John Richardson, P.J. Selby, William Swainson, and William Yarrell.

Gould, a taxidermist by training, had been working for the Zoological Society where he was Curator of Birds and Preserver at the Society's museum in Bruton Street. Whilst working on a collection of birds from the Himalayas, Gould realised that they formed the first collection of any size from

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Description

First edition, first issue. Folio (56 x 38 cm); dedication leaf, advertisement leaf, list of subscribers, list of plates, 80 hand-coloured lithographed plates after and by Elizabeth Gould (from sketches by John Gould), printed by C. Hullmandel, some minor spotting otherwise very fresh; contemporary green morocco richly gilt, spine gilt lettered, edges a little rubbed, all edges gilt, a fine copy.

Bibliography

Anker 168; Ayer/Zimmer 251; Fine Bird Books p77; Jackson Lithography 40-41; Nissen IVB 374; Sauer 1; Wood 364.

Stock ID:101472

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