3 June 2009
GOULD, John (1804-1881). A Monograph of the Ramphastidae, or Family of Toucans. London: for the Author, [1833-]1834[-1835].
Large 2° (542 x 360mm). 33 hand-coloured lithographic plates by and after Edward Lear (10) and John and Elizabeth Gould (23), one uncoloured plate by and after George Scharf, all printed by Charles Hullmandel. (Some light spotting and offsetting, one plate trimmed affecting imprint.) 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.)
FIRST EDITION OF GOULD'S FIRST MONOGRAPH. The toucan family is limited to Mexico, Central and South America and some West Indian islands. Lear's remarkable images of toucans, which fill the plate, showing the young birds with the fully grown, are regarded as among the best of his zoological drawings; the uncoloured plate accompanies Richard Owen's final chapter on the anatomy of the toucan, written especially for the work. Anker 170; Fine Bird Books (1990) p.101; Nissen IVB 378; Sauer 3; Wood p. 364; Zimmer pp. 252-253.
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