GOULD (JOHN) The Birds of Great Britain, 5 vol., FIRST EDITION, Taylor and Francis [for] the Author, [1862]-1873

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GOULD (JOHN)
The Birds of Great Britain, 5 vol., FIRST EDITION, Taylor and Francis [for] the Author, [1862]-1873

Sold for £ 37,500 (US$ 46,923) inc. premium
GOULD (JOHN)
The Birds of Great Britain, 5 vol., FIRST EDITION, 367 hand-coloured lithographed plates after Gould, Joseph Wolf, H.C. Richter and W. Hart, mostly by Richter and Hart, some heightened with gum arabic, list of subscribers, green morocco gilt by Riviere, spines elaborately tooled within raised bands, t.e.g., single scratch on one cover but generally fresh [Fine Bird Books, p.78; Nissen IVB 372; Sauer 23; Wood, p.365; Zimmer, p.261], folio (558 x 378mm.), Taylor and Francis [for] the Author, [1862]-1873

Footnotes

  • FINE COPY OF "THE MOST SUMPTUOUS AND COSTLY OF BRITISH BIRD BOOKS" (Mullens and Swann).

    Richard Bowdler Sharpe stated that such beautiful ornithological illustrations had "scarcely existed before and are not likely to be surpassed". The majority were drawn by Joseph Wolf, who accompanied Gould on expeditions to find the birds depicted in their natural habitats, and was praised by the author in the preface as an artist "justly celebrated, and who thoroughly understands his subject".
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GOULD (JOHN) The Birds of Great Britain, 5 vol., FIRST EDITION, Taylor and Francis [for] the Author, [1862]-1873
GOULD (JOHN) The Birds of Great Britain, 5 vol., FIRST EDITION, Taylor and Francis [for] the Author, [1862]-1873
GOULD (JOHN) The Birds of Great Britain, 5 vol., FIRST EDITION, Taylor and Francis [for] the Author, [1862]-1873
GOULD (JOHN) The Birds of Great Britain, 5 vol., FIRST EDITION, Taylor and Francis [for] the Author, [1862]-1873
GOULD (JOHN) The Birds of Great Britain, 5 vol., FIRST EDITION, Taylor and Francis [for] the Author, [1862]-1873
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