John Gould | The Mammals of Australia, London, [1845-] 1863, 3 volumes, contemporary green morocco gilt
40,000 - 60,000 GBP
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The Mammals of Australia. London: Taylor and Francis for the author, [1845-] 1863
FIRST EDITION, 3 volumes, folio (547 x 366mm.), list of subscribers, 182 hand-coloured lithographed plates by Gould and H.C. Richter, contemporary green morocco gilt, gilt edges, some spotting and browning, extremities slightly bumped
"It was not until I arrived in the country [Australia], and found myself surrounded by objects as strange as if I had been transported to another planet, that I conceived the idea of devoting a portion of my attention to the mammalian class of its extraordinary fauna" (Gould, Preface). "This was one of the most important works ever attempted by Gould, and he has often told me that he considered that he deserved more praise for bringing out this work than for any other that he attempted, because he did it for the love of science only, knowing well that it could never be remunerative" (Sharpe, Analytical Index to the Works, p. xviii).
For more information about Gould, please refer to Lot 88.
Ferguson 10032; McGill/Wood, p. 365; Nissen ZBI 1661
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