GOULD, John. The Birds of Europe. London: Published by the Author, [1832-] 1837.
5 volumes, large 2°(540 x 360.). 2pp. list of subscribers, 448 hand coloured lithographed plates by Edward Lear, and by Elizabeth Gould after sketches by Gould, printed by C.Hullmandel, 92 blank leaves bound into volume 1 (some minor spotting and offsetting onto text). Contemporary full dark green morocco, gilt, , covers with broad flower, oak and acorn tooled borders, spine in six sections with acorn tools, gilt inner dentelles, g.e. (edges and joints slightly rubbed).
A FINE COPY of Gould's first major work, with 68 plates by Edward Lear. Anker 169; Fine Bird Books p.77; Nissen IVB 371; Sauer 2. (5)