13 June 2002
Gould, John (1804-1881). A Monograph of the Ramphastidae, or Family of Toucans. London: Taylor and Francis for the Author, [1852-]1854.
Large 2° (542 x 367mm). 51 hand-coloured lithographic plates after Gould and Henry Constantine Richter, and one uncoloured lithographic plate by G. Scharf, all printed by Hullmandel & Walton. (Some spotting to most plates, heavier to about 6 plates.) Green morocco gilt, covers with wide decorative border in gilt and blind built up from fillets and various roll-tools, spines in six compartments with double raised bands, lettered in two compartments, others with repeat pattern built up from various small tools around a large central stylised rococo shell, gilt turn-ins, yellow-glazed endpapers, gilt edges.
A SUBSCRIBER'S COPY OF THE SECOND, REVISED AND EXPANDED EDITION OF GOULD'S FIRST GREAT MONOGRAPH. Gould regarded this second edition as a new work, because of the number of new species described and because, as a result of these new discoveries, he proposed a new division of the group into six genera rather than the original two. Fine Bird Books p.77; Nissen IVB 378; Sauer 19; Zimmer p.259.
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