GRAY, George Robert (1808-1872). The Genera of Birds comprising their generic characters, a notice of the habits of each genus, and an extensive list of species referred to their several genera. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, -1844-1849.
3 volumes, 4 (365 x 265mm). 335 lithographic plates, comprising 185 hand-coloured plates of birds and 150 plain plates of anatomical details, 26 double-page, by and after D. W. Mitchell, J. Wolf, J. Dinkel (2). Edward Lear (2), and H. C. Richter (2), printed by Hullmandel and Walton. Contemporary hard-grained red half morocco gilt, gilt edges (extremities rubbed, corners slightly bumped). Provenance: Sir David Salomons (bookplate).
'A very important and beautifully illustrated fundamental work' (Wood). Gray's list of species was the most comprehensive yet published. Although only David Mitchell was credited with the illustrations on the title page, the young Joseph Wolf was responsible for 11 of the coloured plates, and a further 59 monochrome plates. In addition, he also finished many of Mitchell's drawings and transferred them onto stone. This was the first book he worked on after moving to England (see Jackson Lithography p. 66). Edward Lear also contributed 2 colour plates. Fine Bird Books p. 79; Nissen IVB 388; Wood p. 367; Zimmer p. 268. (3)