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Auktion: Auction 24.05.1995
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GOULD, John (1804-1881) and Richard Bowdler SHARPE (1847-1909). A Monograph of the Trochilidae, or Family of Humming-Birds. London: Taylor and Francis (vols.I-V) for the Author, [1849]-1861; (supplement) for Henry Sotheran & Co., [1880]-1887.

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GOULD, John (1804-1881) and Richard Bowdler SHARPE (1847-1909). A Monograph of the Trochilidae, or Family of Humming-Birds. London: Taylor and Francis (vols.I-V) for the Author, [1849]-1861; (supplement) for Henry Sotheran & Co., [1880]-1887. 6 volumes (including the Supplement ), large 2° (549 x 373mm). 3pp. subscribers' list. 418 FINE HAND-COLOURED LITHOGRAPHIC PLATES, MANY HEIGHTENED WITH GOLD-LEAF overpainted with transparent varnish and oil colours, by Gould, Henry Constantine Richter and William Hart, printed by Hullmandel & Walton, Walter and Mintern Brothers. (Some spotting to titles, some text and about 65 plates, list of plates in vol.VI with a vertical crease, small tears to blank margins of 2 text leaves accompanying plate 105 and the 15th supplemental plate.) Contemporary near-uniform green half-morocco ( Supplement bound to match), spines gilt, g.e. (extremities scuffed). Provenance : Lionel Phillips (armorial bookplate). FIRST EDITION OF GOULD'S "MASTERPIECE... AN INCOMPARABLE CATALOGUE AND COMPENDIUM OF BEAUTIES" ( Fine Bird Books p.29). Most of the subjects came from Gould's own collection of Humming-bird specimens, a number of which he exhibited at the Regent's Park Zoological Gardens during the Great Exhibition of 1851. The subjects gave Gould the chance to display the new technique of imitating the birds' iridescent plumage by the use of brilliant metallic colouring. Nissen IVB 380; Anker 177; Fine Bird Books p.78; Sauer 16 & 29; Wood p.365; Zimmer pp.258 & 263-264. (6)

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Auktionshaus: Christie's
Titel: Auction 24.05.1995
Auktionsdatum: 24.05.1995
Adresse: Christie's
London, King Street