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London
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W1S 2EA
Contact Lucinda Boyle
Telephone +44 207493 0876
Fax +44 207495 5010
Website www.shapero.com
Specialists Travel & Exploration, Illustrated books including Natural History, Russian, Judaica, History of Ideas
Shapero Rare Books
Stand H02

GOULD, John.

The Birds Of Europe., 1832 - 1837

Five volumes folio (56.4 x 39.5 cm.), 448 hand-coloured lithographed plates, the majority drawn and lithographed by Elizabeth Gould from sketches and designs by the author, the remainder drawn and lithographed by Edward Lear, list of subscribers, list of plates; occasional slight spotting or foxing, full red morocco gilt by J. Law, Liverpool, blind-stamped panels to covers, gilt peacock design to covers, spine gilt lettered direct, raised bands, top edge gilt, lightly rubbed, a fine set handsomely bound., published [1832]-1837.

Provenance
1. Henry Sandback (armorial bookplate); 2. Martin Sandback (gift inscription).

Note
A fine copy of Gould's first multi-volume ornithological work and the first of his works to feature plates by Edward Lear: one of the greatest ornithological artists of all time. Lear's contributions included the most eye-catching subjects in the book: eagles, owls, cranes, pelicans, geese, swans, and flamingos.
Lear's plates are from bird drawings that “”are certainly among the most remarkable bird drawings ever made, [for] it is evident that Lear endowed them with some measure of his own whimsy and intelligence, his energetic curiosity, his self-conscious clumsiness and his unselfconscious charm”” (Hyman).

Quote
"Lear's participation transformed the work of Mrs. Gould. … [H]e propelled her limited sense of perspective into the third dimension. He encouraged movement, vigor, and a sense of character in her birds; he instilled an idea of composition in which the subject related to its background instead of perching in midair like a cardboard cutout. He introduced a sense of subtlety and freedom into her drawings where previously she had only mimicked the technique used in etching or engraving. There is no doubt that Edward Lear was the first person to understand the art of lithography and to use it to its fullest potential. It was a legacy that made the works of Gould into a success and took them into the forefront of nineteenth-century illustration” (Tree).

Bibliography
Anker 169; Fine Bird Books, p.77; Nissen IVB 371; Sauer 2; Wood, p.364; Zimmer, p.251.

Illustrated
Yes

Edition
First

Binding
Full red morocco
£115,000