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    John Gould. Five Hummingbird Prints with hand-coloring. London: 1887.

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    John Gould. Five Hummingbird Prints with hand-coloring, from Gould's famous monograph, Family of Hummingbirds (Monograph of the Trochilidae). London: Credits at the bottom lower left: J. Gould and H. C. Richter, del. et lith., Lower right: Hullmandel & Walton, Imp. 1887.

    JOHN GOULD (British, 1804 - 1881) AND H.C. RICHTER. Five Prints: Coeligena Purpurea. [together with]: Eriocnemis Lugens. [And]: Helioster Pinicola. [And]: Schistes Albogularis. [And]: Orthorhynchus Cristatus. Approximately 21.25 x 14.5 inches.

    A group of five delightful hand-colored lithographs of hummingbirds, from John Gould. All prints are in good condition, with paper lightly toned and some chipping (with edge loss on a few prints) and short edge tears in places. A couple corners creased.

    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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