GOULD (JOHN) The Birds of Great Britain, 5 vol., FIRST EDITION, SUBSCRIBER'S COPY, [1862]-1873
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GOULD (JOHN) The Birds of Great Britain, 5 vol., FIRST EDITION, SUBSCRIBER'S COPY, [1862]-1873
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Lot Details
GOULD (JOHN)
The Birds of Great Britain, 5 vol., FIRST EDITION, SUBSCRIBER'S COPY, 367 hand-coloured lithographed plates after Gould, Joseph Wolf, H.C. Richter and W. Hart, mostly by Richter and Hart, most heightened with gum-arabic, bookplate of Lord Ravensworth, contemporary full green morocco gilt (with label of "R.D. Steedman, Booksellers, Newcastle-On-Tyne"), covers with wide tooled border incorporating acorns and leaves, gilt dentelles, g.e. [Fine Bird Books, p.78; Nissen IVB 372; Sauer 23; Wood, p.365; Zimmer, p.261], folio (535 x 360mm.), Taylor and Francis, by the Author, [1862-]1873

Footnotes

  • A FINELY BOUND SUBSCRIBER'S COPY OF "THE MOST SUMPTUOUS AND COSTLY OF BRITISH BIRD BOOKS" (Mullens and Swann).

    In the preface John Gould noted that in this work, which took twelve years to complete, "I returned to my old love" employing the best artist to produce the plates for which "every sky with its varied tints and every feather of each bird were coloured by hand". Writing of the Golden Eagle he writes "I trust that it will for the future, rather be the object of protection than, as is present, of foolish destruction".

    Provenance: Henry Thomas Liddell, 1st Earl of Ravensworth, with Ravensworth Castle bookplate in volume one, and smaller label "R" beneath a Coronet in each volume. Included with the lot is an original receipt from Gould to Ravensworth for pars 21 and 22 of Birds, priced "£6.6.0.", dated November 15, 1872. A subscriber to The Birds of Great Britain, Lord Ravensworth (1797-1878) was a member of the Natural History Society of Northumberland, Durham and Newcastle from its inception in 1829 until his death, serving as a Vice-President.
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