GRAY, John Edward (1800-1875). Illustrations of Indian Zoology; chiefly selected from the collection of Major-General Hardwicke. London: Treuttel, Wurz, Treuttel Jun. and Richter, and Parbury, Allen and Co., 1830-1834 [-1835].
2 volumes, 2° (480 x 330mm). Lithographic frontispiece with portrait of Hardwicke after J. Lucas, dedication to directors of the East India Company, list of subscribers, 202 hand-coloured lithographic and engraved plates by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, after G. Morely, Lowry and J. Swaine, some plates watermarked 1829-1833. (Occasional light spotting, affecting a few plates only, portrait and title to vol.I and first 3 leaves of vol.II, a few plates shaved on outer margin with slight loss of image). Green morocco gilt by J. Wright, covers with elaborately tooled borders incorporating shells and thistles, spine in 6 compartments, lettered in the 2nd and 3rd on brown morocco lettering pieces, the rest densely tooled, marbled endpapers, gilt edges (lower edges lightly rubbed).
FIRST EDITION OF GRAY'S IMPORTANT ZOOLOGICAL ATLAS OF 'HITHERTO UNFIGURED INDIAN ANIMALS'. The fine colour plates, which include 90 of birds, derive from drawings commissioned in India, from both native and English artists, by the British diplomat, Major-General Thomas Hardwicke (d. 1835). The illustrations from 'drawings made upon the spot and chiefly from living specimens of animals' were produced by the naturalist, painter and versatile lithographer, Waterhouse Hawkins, who also worked with Gould. Gray, who later became the keeper of the zoological department of the British Museum, honoured in 1852 for forming 'the largest zoological collection in Europe' (DNB), was a prolific and wide-ranging contributor to scientific literature. Originally issued in 20 parts, the Indian Zoology was limited to 101 subscribers which included 40 directors of the East India Company. Anker 197; BM(NH) II, 712; Fine Bird Books p. 103; Nissen IVB 391, Nissen ZBI 1694; Wood, p.368; Zimmer p. 272. (2)