The Birds of Great Britain.
London: Taylor and Francis for the author, -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. The usual light foxing at front and back of every volume, plates very fresh and clean, no internal foxing or staining noted. A remarkably fine set. First (and only) edition, 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. 29). Ayer/Zimmer, p.261; Fine Bird Books, p.102; Nissen IVB 371; Sauer 23; Wood, p.365.
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