6 December 2013
GOULD, John (1804-1881). A Monograph of the Odontophorinae, or Partridges of America. London: Richard and John E. Taylor for the Author, -1850.
Large 2o (541 x 365mm). 32 hand-colored lithographic plates by Gould and Henry Constantine Richter, printed by Hullmandel and Walton. (A few leaves with scant spotting, one plate with marginal tear and creasing.) 19th-century green morocco gilt, marbled endpapers, gilt edges (joints and extremities lightly rubbed). Provenance: Pebble Hill Plantation (bookplate).
GOULD'S FIRST MONOGRAPH ON GAME BIRDS. Dedicated to Charles Lucien Bonaparte. All the species are "strictly American," and many are drawn and described here for the first time. In the preface (p. 10), 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."
Like most of his major works, the Partridges was originally published in parts (in 1844, 1846, and 1850; with ten plates in each of the first two parts and twelve plates in the third), and was offered on a subscription basis. Upon completion in 1850, a general title-page, preface, introduction, list of plates, and list of subscribers (headed by the Queen) were printed to accompany the plates and descriptive text. Anker 176; Fine Bird Books, p.78; Nissen IVB 376; Sauer 13; Wood p. 365; Zimmer p.257
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