Lot 130

SHARPE, Richard Bowdler (1847-1909). Monograph of the Paradiseidae, or Birds of Paradise, and Ptilonorhynchidae, or Bower-birds. London: Taylor and Francis for Henry Sotheran, 1891-98. 2 volumes, large folio (550 x 374mm). 79 exceptionally fine hand-coloured lithographed plates by John Gould, W. Hart and J. G. Keulemans, 13 uncoloured wood-engraved illustrations in the text. Very finely bound in full green crushed morocco gilt by Sotheran, the covers with gilt floral borders and cornerpieces, the spines gilt in compartments, gilt edges (some light rubbing to upper joints of vol. II), original part-wrappers bound in. A FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION of this sumptuous monograph, with Ôlife-sizeÕ plates of startling beauty and finish, in which the art of lithography and hand-colouring reached its zenith. Fine Bird Books p.142: ÒÉ the last of the fine bird booksÓ; Nissen IVB 865; Wood p.565: ÒÉ a splendid monographÓ; Zimmer p.581. (2)

Estimate: £15,000-£20,000