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Birds of Great Britain
London Taylor and Francis for the Author, 1873. First edition. 5 vols, folio (56 x 38 cm.); 367 hand-coloured lithographed plates after Gould, Joseph Wolf, H.C. Richter, list of subscribers, marbled endpapers, inner hinges strengthened, some staining to the fore-edge; some scattered spotting to the reverse of plates, one page of text torn; rebacked preserving most of the publisher's red morocco cloth backed boards, spine gilt lettered and decorated; a good solid copy John Gould's most popular and perhaps finest work, and his first collaborative work with Josef Wolf. The German natural history painter Josef Wolf brought to Gould's monographs a realistic vigour and sensibility of nature lacking in the work of many of Gould's studio artists. 'All of Wolf's plates represent a moment of suspended action. Gone are the stilted tableaux of birds frozen in profile purely for the sake of identification; Wolf's birds all bear the mark of the character of the species. "You know", remarked Wolf, "I make a distinction between a picture in which there is an idea, and the mere representation of a bird"' (Isabella Tree The Ruling Passion of John Gould). 'Such beautiful illustrations as those of the birds of Great Britain scarcely existed before and are not likely to be surpassed' (R. Bowdler Sharpe). Gould was especially proud of this work, and it was seen - perhaps partly because its subject was British, as the culmination of [his]. genius' (Isabella Tree, 'The Ruling Passion of John Gould, London, 1991, p. 207). The work was issued in twenty-five parts and from the outset was well receive … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books [London, United Kingdom]
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