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    Sale 5428

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    23 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 360

    GOULD, John (1804-81). "A Collection of Hand Coloured Plates from John Gould's Ornithological Works in which Orchids have been used as background decoration. Collected by Stanley Smith, 26, St. James's Place, London, S.W., November 1961." [London: Hullmandel & Walton (and others), c.1849-61]. 2° (552 x 380mm). Manuscript title and 101 fine hand-coloured lithographed plates by and after John Gould, H. C. Richter and William Hart. Modern green crushed morocco gilt by Henry Sotheran, gilt edges (extremities lightly rubbed).

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    GOULD, John (1804-81). "A Collection of Hand Coloured Plates from John Gould's Ornithological Works in which Orchids have been used as background decoration. Collected by Stanley Smith, 26, St. James's Place, London, S.W., November 1961." [London: Hullmandel & Walton (and others), c.1849-61]. 2° (552 x 380mm). Manuscript title and 101 fine hand-coloured lithographed plates by and after John Gould, H. C. Richter and William Hart. Modern green crushed morocco gilt by Henry Sotheran, gilt edges (extremities lightly rubbed).

    A MAGNIFICENT COLLECTION OF PLATES IN REMARKABLY FINE AND FRESH CONDITION. Humming-birds comprise by far the largest part of the collection - Campylopterus (13), Erythronota (6), Amazilias (5), Glaucis (3), Heliodoxa (2), and many more - but a few other species of bird are also represented. A full typescript list of the birds and orchids present is available on request.


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