GOULD, John. Monograph of the Pittidae [Cover title]. London: Printed for the Author, 1 October 1880[-1881].
2 parts bound in one, 2o (551 x 375 mm). 10 lithographic plates by Gould and J.C. Richter, and Gould and W. Hart, printed by Walter, colored by a later hand. Part I and the letterpress descriptions for part II, all issued. Modern crimson half morocco gilt, red boards, marbled endpapers, edges gilt, by Sotheran, original printed paper wrappers bound in.
FIRST EDITION, including the front wrapper and letterpress for the unfinished second part. The work was originally planned for completion in four parts, but publication was abandoned after Gould's death. Neither part bears a title page and the work itself contains no new illustrations; the ant-thrushes depicted in this work all originally appeared in Gould's Birds of Asia, Birds of Australia and Birds of New Guinea.
The present copy includes ten leaves of text written by R.B. Sharpe (each leaf signed "[R.B.S.]") for the uncompleted second part, and its original unpublished front wrapper. There is no evidence that this second part was ever formally published and distributed and Sharpe himself, in Analytical Index to the Works of the Late John Gould, writes that only one part of the work was issued. Few copies are found containing this second part; two recent examples include the Bradley Martin copy (Sotheby's 7 June 1989) and the John Phipps--Smithsonian Institution copy (Christie's 29 October 1992).
Ayer/Zimmer, p.263; Fine Bird Books, p.78; McGill/Wood, p.365; Nissen IVB 377.