GOULD, John (1804-1881). A Monograph of the Trogonidae, or Family of Trogons. London: Taylor and Francis for the author, -1875.
2° (549 x 366mm). 47 lithographic plates, coloured by a later hand, most heightened with gum arabic, by Gould, William Hart and Henry Constantine Richter, printed by Hullmandel & Walton, Walter, or Walter & Cohn. 'To the Binder' slip bound in at the end. (Occasional very light spotting or marking, principally affecting text leaves, one text leaf with light marginal mark.) A remboîtage into contemporary gilt black morocco, boards with deep borders of foliate and floral rolls, gilt roll-tooled turn-ins, spine gilt in compartments, 3 with modern morocco lettering-pieces, boards with bookplate of Viscount Henry Lascelles [1882-1947], gilt edges (extremities lightly rubbed).
SECOND EDITION, WHICH 'IS ENTIRELY REWRITTEN AND IS ILLUSTRATED WITH NEW PLATES' (Zimmer), and includes 12 new species. The first edition of this work (Gould's second monograph) was issued in 3 parts between 1835 and 1838 and illustrated with 36 plates; 34 species were described, including 12 'new to science' (Anker). The second edition was published in 4 parts over 17 years -- an indication of how much fresh research went into this edition for which the text was re-written, the figures re-drawn, and new plates added. 'The [trogons'] plumage is very remarkable and characteristic. There is not a species which has not beauty beyond most birds, and the glory of the group culminates in the quezal [sic]. But in others golden green and steely blue, rich crimson and tender pink, yellow varying from primrose to amber, vie with one another in vivid coloration, or contrasted ... with a warm tawny or a sombre slaty grey -- to say nothing of the delicate freckling of black and white, as minute as the markings of a moth's wing -- the whole set off by bands of white, producing an effect hardly equalled in any group' (Alfred Newton 'Trogon', in: Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th ed.). Anker 171; Fine Bird Books p. 101; Nissen IVB 381; Sauer 21; Wood p. 365; Zimmer p. 261.