GOULD, John. A Monograph of the Ramphastidae, or Family of Toucans. London: Printed by Taylor and Francis for the Author, [1852-]1854.
2o (550 x 375 mm). 51 lithographic plates after Gould and Henry Constantine Richter, colored by a later hand, and 1 uncolored lithographed plate by G. Scharf, printed by Hullmandel & Walton. Binder's instruction slip bound at back. Modern orange crushed levant morocco, richly gilt, turn-ins gilt, edges gilt, watered-silk linings, by Sotheran.
A fine, clean copy of the second, revised edition of Gould's first monograph. Gould in fact considered this edition a new work because he increased the number of species significantly and because he proposed to divide the group into six genera, rather than two. The uncolored anatomical plate accompanies Richard Owen's text on the anatomy of the toucan which was written specifically for this edition. This volume represents the first major effort made to produce a monograph on the Toucan family.
Ayer/Zimmer, p.259; Copenhagen/Anker 170; Fine Bird Books, p.77; McGill/Wood, p.365; Nissen IVB 378.