The Property of the late Lord Wraxall
Removed from Tyntesfield, Somerset
Offered by Order of the Executors
John Gould (1804-1881)
A Monograph of the Trogonidae, or Family of Trogons. London: Richard and John E.Taylor for the author, [1835-]1838. Large 2° (543 x 364mm). 36 hand-coloured lithographic plates by and after John and Elizabeth Gould, printed by Charles Hullmandel. Contemporary green morocco gilt by Hering (one endpaper watermarked '1842'), covers with wide decorative gilt border elaborately tooled in gilt, spine in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second and third, the others with elaborate repeat pattern in gilt, gilt turn-ins, gilt edges (very light scuffing to extremites).
A FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION OF GOULD'S SECOND MONOGRAPH. 'The trogons are birds of moderate size: the smallest is hardly bigger than a thrush and the largest less bulky than a crow... Their feet are weak and of a unique structure, the second toe... being reverted, and this trogons stand alone, since in all other birds that have two toes before and two behind it is the outer toe that is turned backward. The plumage is very remarkable and characteristic... and the glory of the group is the quezal [sic.]' (Alfred Newton, Encyclopedia Britannica, 1911). Gould went on to publish a second enlarged edition of this work in 1858-1875. Anker 171; Fine Bird Books (1990) p.101; Nissen IVB 381; Sauer 4; Zimmer p.253.