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GOULD, John. A Monograph of the Ramphastidae, or Family of Toucans. London: Printed by Taylor and Francis for the Author, [1852-]1854.
Large 2o (540 x 356 mm). 51 lithographed plates after Gould and Henry Constantine Richter, and 1 uncolored lithographed plate by G. Scharf, printed by Hullmandel & Walton. Contemporary green half morocco, spine gilt, edges gilt (a bit rubbed and soiled). Provenance: Jay Gould (1836-1892), American financier (Lyndhurst bookplate).
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.