3 June 2009
GOULD, John (1804-1881). A Monograph of the Odontophorinae, or Partridges of America. London: Richard and John E. Taylor for the Author, -1850.
Large 2° (542 x 370mm). 32 hand-coloured lithographic plates by Gould and Henry Constantine Richter, printed by Hullmandel and Walton. (Some variable light spotting throughout.) Contemporary half green morocco over green pebble-grained cloth-covered boards, spine with elaborately tooled repeat pattern in gilt, gilt edges (cloth just starting to bubble and lift in a small area to upper cover, extremities rubbed.)
GOULD'S FIRST MONOGRAPH ON GAME BIRDS. Dedicated to Charles Lucien Bonaparte, it was his fourth monograph and depicted the birds in mating pairs in the way that had already proved so successful. All the species are 'strictly American,' and many are drawn and described here for the first time. In the preface (p.9), Gould says that he was drawn into the undertaking 'by the sight of the beautiful Callipepla Californica, presented to the Zoological Society of London by Captain Beechey, in 1830.' Anker 176; Fine Bird Books, (1990) p.102; Nissen IVB 376; Sauer 13; Wood p. 365; Zimmer p.257.
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