JOHN GOULD (1804-1881)
A Monograph of the Odontophorinae, or Partridges of America. London: Richard & John E. Taylor for the Author: -1850. 2 (546 x 370mm). 1p. list of subscribers. 32 hand-coloured lithographic plates by Gould and Henry Constantine Richter, printed by Hullmandel & Walton. (Light spotting to title and three preliminary leaves.) Contemporary green half morocco gilt, top edge gilt.
A FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION OF GOULD'S FOURTH MONOGRAPH, in which he considerably enlarged the number of recorded species of the American partridge family. "The graceful actions and elegant deportment of these birds inspired me with a desire to become thoroughly acquainted with the entire group of which they form a part...In the course of my researches I have several times visited most of the public and many of the private collections of Europe, and have besides corresponded with various persons in America: the result is that I have had the pleasure of extending our knowledge of the group from eleven to no less than thirty-five species". Gould was inspired to undertake this project "by the sight of the beautiful Callipepla California, presented to the Zoological Society of London by Captain Beechey, in 1830" (Preface, p. 10). Nissen IVB 376, Fine Bird Books p. 102; Wood p. 365; Anker 176; Zimmer p. 257, Sauer 13.