3 June 2009,
London, King Street
Price Realised GBP 11,250
GOULD, John (1804-1881). A Monograph of the Trogonidae, or Family of Trogons. London: Richard and John E. Taylor for the author, [1835-]1838.
Large 2° (533 x 362mm). 36 hand-coloured lithographic plates by and after John and Elizabeth Gould, printed by Charles Hullmandel, one of which folding. (Folding plate with a few light marginal spots and old minor repair to fold, very light occasional unobtrusive spotting and offsetting.) Contemporary green morocco gilt by Hering, sides with wide gilt border, spine with elaborate repeat pattern in gilt, gilt turn-ins, gilt edges (extremities lightly rubbed.)
A FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION OF GOULD'S SECOND MONOGRAPH. 'The trogons are birds of moderate size: the smallest is hardly bigger than a thrush and the largest less bulky than a crow... Their feet are weak and of a unique structure, the second toe... being reverted, and in this trogons stand alone, since in all other birds that have two toes before and two behind it is the outer toe that is turned backward. The plumage is very remarkable and characteristic... and the glory of the group is the quezal [sic.]' (Alfred Newton, Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1911). Gould went on to publish a second enlarged edition of this work in 1858-1875. Anker 171; Fine Bird Books (1990) p.101; Nissen IVB 381; Sauer 4; Zimmer p.253.
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