GOULD, John. An Introduction to the Birds of Australia, London: printed for the author, by Richard and John E. Taylor, 1848.
8° (220 x 135mm.), 148pp. including half-title, title, notice, preface, introduction, prospectus, list of subscribers and press notices. Original brown blind-stamped cloth, lettered in gilt on upper cover (rebacked with brown morocco).
PRESENTATION COPY to the naturalist W.C.L. Martin with autograph inscription on half-title and autograph annotations and corrections in the text. This small volume contains the same material, with minor exceptions, as the introductory material in Gould's large folio Birds of Australia, and only a limited number (150?) of copies were published. In his Notice the author explains "The Preface and Introduction...having been set up in small type for facility of correction, I have had a limited number of copies printed in an octavo form, for distribution among my scientific friends and others...They must however still regard it more as a proof-sheet than otherwise inasmuch as it contains many imperfections, most of which have been corrected in the folio edition...". Sauer 15; Zimmer p. 257; Ferguson 4772.