14 November 2007,
London, King Street
Price Realised GBP 10,625
GOULD, John (1804-1881). The Birds of Great Britain. London: Taylor and Francis, 1873.
Volume I only (of 5), 2° (548 x 370mm). 37 contemporary hand-coloured lithographic plates of birds after Gould, H.C. Richter and Joseph Wolf, mostly lithographed by Richter and Hart. Contemporary dark green half morocco, spine gilt in compartments with raised bands (some light rubbing, hinges slightly cracked). Provenance: Edward Francis Searle (ex libris dated 1863).
"The most popular of all his works is always likely to be Birds of Great Britain..." (Fine Bird Books, p. 29). "The publication was seen, perhaps partly because its subject was British, as the culmination of Gould's genius" (Tree, p. 207). The livelier than usual demeanor of the birds has been attributed to the influence of Josef Wolf and to the fact that so many of the drawings were made from freshly killed specimens. This copy contains only the first part of the work and the plates depicts birds of prey. Nissen IVB 372; Zimmer p. 261.
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