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    John Gould. Three Prints: Caprimulgus Mahrattensis. [and:] Anthus Spinoletta. [and:] Merops Viridis. Three original hand-colored lithographs in very good condition.

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    Three very appealing hand-colored lithographs in very good condition, including: Caprimulgus Mahrattensis, from Gould's Birds of Asia (London: 1850-1883). Light toning, a little darker around the edges, with some foxing. Right side shows binding edge. 15 x 21.75 inches. [and:] Anthus Spinoletta, from Birds of Great Britain (London: 1862-1873). Light toning, a little darker around the edges. Light penciled notations. 14.75 x 21.5 inches. [and:] Merops Viridis, from Birds of Asia (London: 1850-1883). Light toning, darker around the edges, with some smudges. Right side shows binding edge. 14.75 x 21.75 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
    8th-9th Tuesday-Wednesday
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