14 October 2003
PROPERTY OF LYNDHURST, A NATIONAL TRUST HISTORIC SITE,
SOLD TO BENEFIT THE COLLECTIONS FUND*
GOULD, John (1804-1881). The Birds of Europe. London: Richard and John E. Taylor for the Author, -1837.
5 volumes, large 2o (531 x 358 mm). 2pp. subscribers' list. 448 fine hand-colored lithographed plates, 68 by Edward Lear, the rest by Elizabeth Gould after her husband's sketches, printed by Charles Hullmandel (some light creasing in vol. I, occasional minor spotting, some pale offsetting, "Gorget Warbler" with old repaired tear, "Flamingo" slightly cropped along foremargin). Contemporary green morocco gilt, covers with broad-ruled and -tooled ornithological borders, spine gilt, edges gilt (a bit rubbed, edges a bit dry). Provenance: Helen Gould Shepard (bookplate); Jay Gould (1836-1892), American financier (Lyndhurst bookplate).
FIRST EDITION of Gould's first multi-volume ornithological work, the second of the folio series. Lear's influence is evident in many of the plates. His understanding of the possibilities that lithography offered and his mastery of the techniques involved contributed largely to the founding of the reputation upon which Gould was to build so successfully. Lear was the first and greatest of the fine series of artists that Gould was to employ over the ensuing half century. Ayer/Zimmer, pp.251-2; Copenhagen/Anker 169; Fine Bird Books, p.77; Nissen IVB 371; Sauer 2; Wood p.364. (5)
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