Lot 9

Gould (John) & Richter (H. C.) Collection of plates from The Birds of Great Britain, including: Chaulelasmus Strepera; Aegialitis Minor; Machetes Pugnax; Limosa Melanura; Bernicla Leucopsis; Fratercula Arctica; Aegialophilus Cantianus; Oedicnemus Crepitans; Colymbus Glacialis; Pastor Roseus, each with letterpress description leaves, lithographs with fine hand-colouring, heightened with gum-arabic, some with stab holes in margins, loose, minor foxing & browning, each sheet approx. 565 x 385 mm, issued in parts, printed by Walter & Cohn, 1862-73 (10)

*** Gould was especially proud of this work, which was illustrated from freshly killed specimens. It ‘was seen – perhaps partly because its subject was British, as the culmination of [his] genius’ (Isabella Tree, The Ruling Passion of John Gould, 1991, p.207).

Estimate: £800-£1,200