GOULD (JOHN) The Birds of Australia, 7 vol. together with the Supplement in 5 original parts
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GOULD (JOHN) The Birds of Australia, 7 vol. together with the Supplement in 5 original parts
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GOULD (JOHN)
The Birds of Australia, 7 vol. together with the Supplement in 5 original parts, first edition, 681 hand-coloured lithographed plates by John and Elizabeth Gould, H. C. Richter, and Edward Lear, (3 double-page), occasional light spotting, and offsetting onto text contemporary purple half morocco gilt, the Supplements in the publisher’s printed boards, slightly rubbed and scuffed [Nissen IVB 370; Anker 174 & 179; Fine Bird Books, p.78; Sauer 9 & 18; Zimmer, pp. 225 & 259], folio (560 x 370mm.), Taylor and Francis for the Author, [1840]-1869

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  • A complete set, with the supplement, of Gould's most ambitious work. "Great as is the excellence of Mr. Gould's former publications, there can be not doubt that the present work exceeds them all" (Sauer).

    Gould, and his wife Elizabeth, sailed for Australia in May 1838, having decided that only by visiting the continent in person could he do justice to the publication he planned. They spent nearly two years collecting specimens in South Australia, New South Wales, the Bass Strait and Tasmania. Gould, accompanied by the zoologist John Gilbert, reached almost four hundred miles into the interior of the mainland. Elizabeth completed approximately 600 drawings.

    Writing to Prince Charles Lucien Napoleon after his return to England, Gould stated that "The interval spent from my native shores were some of the happiest days of my life... The results of my journey cannot, I think, but be attended with great advantage to science... independently of a great new number of Birds I succeeded in procuring the nests and eggs of at least two thirds of the species inhabiting that interesting region."
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