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A Monograph of the Trogonidae, or Family of Trogons
London: published by the Author, [1858]-1875. Folio. (21 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches). 47 hand-coloured lithographed plates after and by John Gould and W. Hart; and John Gould and H.C. Richter, printed by Hullmandel & Walton. Period full dark brown crushed morocco, covers elaborately bordered in gilt, spine in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second and fourth, the others with an overall repeat decoration in gilt, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Revised and expanded second edition of Gould's monograph on trogons, including the most beautiful depictions of these colourful tropical birds. As Gould states in his preface, this revised and expanded edition was "in reality a new publication, the plates having been redrawn, and many (i.e. 12) new species figured for the first time." The depiction of the birds is more elaborate than the first edition of 1838, with artfully arranged perches of tropical plants and occasional background landscapes. "The Trogons may dispute the palm of beauty with the Hummingbirds. Their plumage in certain parts shines with metallic brilliancy, and exhibits all the colours of the rainbow" (Introduction).The trogons depicted within this monograph are largely species resident of the Americas, including Mexico, Panama, Columbia, and Brazil. Anker 171; Fine Bird Books (1990), p. 101; Nissen IVB 381; Wood p. 365; Zimmer p. 261; Sauer 21.
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