The Birds of Great Britain.
The Birds of Great Britain.
The Birds of Great Britain.

The Birds of Great Britain.

London: Taylor and Francis for the author, [1862]-1873. 5 vols., large folio, 21 1/2 x 15 inches, t/p, dedication leaf, list of subscribers, list of plates (vol. I), t/p and list of plates (vols. II-V), 367 fine hand-colored lithographed plates with accompanying text, most heightened with gum-arabic, by Gould, Henry Constantine Richter, Joseph Wolf and William Hart, most lithographed by Richter and Hart, printed by Walter or Walter & Cohn, 2 wood-engraved illustrations. Contemporary full green crushed morocco gilt, backstrips lettered and paneled in gilt, gilt edges, unsigned but perhaps by Bickers and Son, London. Board edges rubbed and endpapers foxed as expected, plates with occasional foxing but in general a very clean and impressive set. First (and only) edition with first issue of Snowy Owl plate, originally issued in parts and here sumptuously bound and virtually perfectly preserved, from a private collection in San Francisco. Gould remarked in his introduction that the hand-coloring involved about 280,000 applications of color, and that he had employed almost all the colorists in London to complete the work. "The most popular of all his works is always likely to be Birds of Great Britain" (Fine Bird Books p. 40). Ayer/Zimmer, p.261; Fine Bird Books, p.102; Nissen IVB 371; Sauer 23; Wood, p.365. Item #106116

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