A monograph of the trogonidae, or trogons.
First edition. Folio (53.5 x 35 cm), list of subscribers, list of plates, 2 pp manuscript letter from John Gould (dated July 29,1847) tipped in before title-page;, 36 hand-coloured lithographed plates by John and Elizabeth Gould heightened with gum arabic, (assisted by Edward Lear), printed by C. Hullmandel, one plate folding (small creases and small repair to fold), each accompanied by descriptive text, occasional spotting on 5 plates, some minor offsetting, blank pages at rear spotted; contemporary green half morocco gilt by Clyde, all edges gilt. A very attractive copy.
Anker 171; Ayer/Zimmer, p.253; Fine Bird Books p77; Nissen IVB 381; Sauer 4; Wood p 365.