7 December 2015
GOULD, John (1804-1881) & Nicholas Aylward VIGORS (1787-1840). A Century of Birds from the Himalaya Mountains. London: [for the Author], 1831-.
2 volumes, large 2° (545 x 370mm). 80 hand-colored lithographic plates by Elizabeth Gould after sketches by John Gould, printed by Charles Hullmandel. (Some spotting of plates, plate 68 with small discoloration mark in blank area.) Non-uniform binding, volume I, contemporary crimson morocco with wide gilt foliate border, gilt turn-ins (rubbed, spine worn at head), g.e., volume II, contemporary crimson half morocco and marbled boards, spine similarly tooled in gilt (lightly rubbed), g.e. Provenance: Edward Montagu Stuart Granville, Earl of Wharncliffe (armorial bookplate); Sir Giles Loder Bt. (1914-1999) British book collector (sold Christie’s London 2 June 1999, lot 31, bookplate on pastedown).
GOULD’S FIRST WORK, FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE with the title-page dated 1831, and with the backgrounds uncolored ("You will probably recollect that in my first work ... neither the plants or Backgrounds were colored; In order to render the Series of my Publications complete ... I have had those parts colored in the few copies I have left...." Gould to Lord Derby, letter dated 5 Feb. 1844). This copy is unusual in being bound in two volumes, with all the plates in the first, and all the descriptions in the second. Sauer 1; Anker 168; Fine Bird Books p. 77; Nissen IVB 374; Wood p. 364; Zimmer p. 251.
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