GOULD, John (1804-1881) & Nicholas Aylward VIGORS (1787-1840). A Century of Birds from the Himalaya Mountains. London: [for the Author, 1831]-1832.
2 volumes, large 2 (545 x 370mm). 80 hand-coloured lithographic plates by Elizabeth Gould after sketches by John Gould, printed by Charles Hullmandel. (Some spotting of plates, generally light, but affecting the first few plates more strongly, plate 68 with small discolouration mark in blank area.) Non-uniform binding, volume I, contemporary crimson morocco with wide gilt foliate border, gilt turn-ins (rubbed, spine worn at head), g.e., volume II, contemporary crimson half morocco and marbled boards, spine similarly tooled in gilt (lightly rubbed), g.e. Provenance: Edward Montagu Stuart Granville, Earl of Wharncliffe (armorial bookplate).
GOULD'S FIRST WORK, first issue with the backgrounds uncoloured ("You will probably recollect that in my first work ... neither the plants or Backgrounds were coloured; In order to render the Series of my Publications complete ... I have had those parts coloured in the few copies I have left...." Gould to Lord Derby, letter dated 5 Feb. 1844). This copy is unusual in being bound in two volumes, with all the plates in the first, and all the descriptions in the second. Sauer 1; Anker 168; Fine Bird Books p. 77; Nissen IVB 374; Wood p. 364; Zimmer p. 251. (2)