GOULD, John (1804-1881). The Birds of Australia. London: Taylor and Francis for the Author, -1848-1869.
8 volumes (including the Supplement), large 2 (537 x 355mm). 2pp. subscribers' list. 683 fine hand-coloured lithographic plates by John and Elizabeth Gould, Henry Constantine Richter and Edward Lear, printed by Hullmandel (and Walton) or Walter, 3 plates double-page, and including two cancelled plates and their text leaves Falco Hypoleucus (Grey Falxon vol 1 plate 2) and Eupheria Spendida (the splendid Grass Parakeet vol 5 plate 42). (Occasional light spotting and minor discolouration to margins.) Citron morocco gilt, covers with broad ruled and tooled border, spines in seven compartments with double raised bands, red morocco onlays in two compartments lettered in gilt, the others with decorative large flower vase and other small tools, gilt edges, by Bedford, (joints very lightly rubbed).
A FINE COPY OF GOULD'S MAJOR ORNITHOLOGICAL ACHIEVEMENT. A contemporary reviewer said of this work 'Great as is the excellence of Mr. Gould's former publications, there can be no doubt that the present work exceeds them all, both in an artistic and in a scientific point of view... Whether he wishes to represent the torpor of the drowsy Podargus, the dignified repose of the eagle, the pert Malurus, the restless parakeet, or the lean and anxious wader, he is equally successful in his efforts'. The two cancelled plates are extremely rare, and are unrecorded by most bibliographers. Sauer 9 & 18; Fine Bird Books p.78. Nissen IVB 370; Zimmer pp.225 & 259. (8)