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    John Gould (1804-1881). Three Prints: Gyps Bengalensis. [and:] Cinereus Vulture (drawn by Edward Lear). [and:] Bearded Vulture or Lœmmer Geyer.

    Three hand-colored lithographs of vultures, from Gould's Birds of Asia and Birds of Europe. The Gyps Bengalensis is in very good condition with browning around the edges and a few spots. Tips of both lower corners missing, a result of careless removal of mounting tape. The other two are in generally excellent condition. All are lightly toned, with mounting tape to reverse, and all have light penciled notations. 14.5 x 21.75 inches, 14.25 x 21 inches, and 13.75 x 21 inches, respectively.

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    Gyps Bengalensis, from Gould's Birds of Asia (London: 1850-1883). [and:] Cinereus Vulture (drawn by Edward Lear), from Gould's Birds of Europe (London: 1832-1837). [and:] Bearded Vulture, from Gould's Birds of Europe (London: 1832-1837).


    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, 2009
    16th-17th Tuesday-Wednesday
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