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    John Gould (1804-1881). Two Prints: Panoplites Flavescens. [and:] Florisuga Ater.

    A pair of beautiful hand-colored lithographs of hummingbirds, with iridescent highlights, from Gould's Monograph of the Trochilidæ, or Family of Humming Birds (London: 1849-1861). Both prints are in very good condition. Panoplites Flavescens is toned with foxing. Right side shows binding edge. 14.25 x 21.25 inches. [and:] Florisuga Ater is lightly toned around the edges. There are a few spots of foxing and a small stain in the lower half of the print on the right side. 14 x 21.25 inches.


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    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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    October, 2009
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