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GOULD, John.

A monograph of the trogonidae, or trogons.

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London, Richard and John E. Taylor for the Author, 1835

Fine ornithological association copy with an original manuscript letter from John Gould.

This copy has an impressive ornithological provenance and history. It was a wedding present from John Gould to Catherine Strickland (née Jardine), daughter of Sir William Jardine, the celebrated naturalist and author, also one of the subscribers to this book. She was married to Hugh Edwin Strickland , the well-known zoologist and geologist, founder of the Strickland code (a famous code of nomenclature for taxonomic classification prepared by a committee of the British association for the advancement of science, first published in 1842). Catharine Strickland was a very skilled artist and drew many of the illustrations for her father's famous work Illustrations to Ornithology. She was also a subscriber to this work.

The letter reads as below

'My dear Mrs. Strickland
I find that during a short absence in the country Mr---- has the copy of Trogons intended for

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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.

Stock ID:102174

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