GOULD, J. | Monograph of the Trogonidae, London 1835-1838, folio
A MONOGRAPH OF THE TROGONIDAE, OR FAMILY OF TROGONS. LONDON: PUBLISHED BY THE AUTHOR, -1838
FIRST EDITION, folio (545 x 360mm.), dedication, list of subscribers, list of plates, 36 hand-coloured lithographed plates, one folding, by and after John and Elizabeth Gould, assisted by Edward Lear, contemporary green morocco gilt by Hering, the folding plate repaired
A FINE, CLEAN COPY. Gould’s second monograph was published in three parts and contained four species of trogons, twelve more than had hitherto been known to science; the majority were inhabitants of America and its islands, although ten were of the Indian islands and India, and one of Africa. These vividly coloured birds were among Gould’s favourites: “Denizens of the intertropical regions of the Old and New World, they shroud their glories in the deep and gloomy recesses of the forest… dazzled by the brightness of the meridional sun, morning and evening twilight is the season for their activity” (Introduction).
Anker 171; Fine Bird Books, p.77; Nissen IVB 381; Sauer 4; Zimmer, p.253
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