GOULD, John (1804-1881) & Richard Bowdler SHARPE (1847-1909). The Birds of New Guinea and the adjacent Papuan islands, including many new species recently discovered in Australia. London: Taylor and Francis for Henry Sotheran & Co., 1875-1888.
5 volumes, large 2 (545 x 376mm). 320 fine hand-coloured lithographic plates by Gould and William Hart, printed by Walter or the Mintern Brothers. (Small section of blank margin of text leaf to the 57th plate in vol.IV torn away and adhering to blank margin of the plate, very light spotting to nine plates.) Green morocco gilt, covers with broad ruled and tooled border, spine in six compartments with double raised bands, lettered in two, the others with decorative symmetrical pattern composed from various small tools, gilt edges, by Riviere and Son.
A VERY FINE COPY OF GOULD'S LAST MAJOR WORK. Gould died on 3 February 1881 shortly after the publication of the 12th part. The remaining 13 parts were edited or written by Sharpe and illustrated by Hart. The Birds-of-Paradise are particularly spectacular but New Guinea avifauna also includes a large number of extremely colourful Parrots. The work can be considered as a companion publication to The Birds of Australia. Nissen IVB 373; Anker 181; Fine Bird Books p.78; Sauer 27; Wood p.365; Zimmer pp.262-263. (5)