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    John Gould. Three Prints: Nyctiornis Athertoni. [and:] Nucifraga Multipunctata. [and:] Corvus Cornix. Three original hand-colored lithographs in very good condition.

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    Three Prints: Nyctiornis Athertoni. [and:] Nucifraga Multipunctata. [and:] Corvus Cornix. Three wonderful hand-colored lithographs in very good condition, including: Nyctiornis Athertoni, from Gould's Birds of Asia (London: 1850-1883). Light toning, darker along the edges. Minor foxing. Right side shows binding edge. 15 x 21.75 inches. [and:] Nucifraga Multipunctata, from Birds of Asia (London: 1850-1883). Light toning, darker along the edges. Minor foxing; area of discoloration at the upper left side. Right side shows binding edge. 15 x 21.75 inches. [and:] Corvus Cornix, from Birds of Great Britain (London: 1862-1873). Light toning and some heavy foxing in image area. Right side shows binding edge. 14.75 x 21.25 inches.

    John Gould (1804-1881), sometimes referred to as "the British Audubon" because of the impact and profound influence of his work, was a remarkably prolific artist and publisher of ornithological works. Gould studied taxidermy as a teenager, and became so expert at it that he became the first curator at the Zoological Society of London. He began drawing birds, and with the assistance of several artists (such as his wife Elizabeth and Edward Lear), his publications contained illustrations not only beautiful but scientifically accurate. His favorite work, A Monograph of the Trochilidæ, or Family of Humming Birds, its plates highlighted with metallic iridescent colors, has been called Gould's "masterpiece" and "among the most beautiful of Victorian illustrated books" - "a feast of beauty and a source of wonder" (Sitwell). Gould left an unparalleled body of work, and we are proud to here offer many of his beautiful imperial folio prints.



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    June, 2010
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