Monograph of the Pittidae.
London, Published by the Author, 1880-1881. 2 parts in one volume. Folio (370 x 550mm). With 10 hand-coloured lithographed plates by Gould, W. Hart and H.C. Richter, EXTRA ILLUSTRATED WITH AN ADDITIONAL 27 plates (see footnote). Original wrappers for each part bound in. Modern red morocco gilt by Morrell for Sotherans, inside dentelles gilt, silk liners, gilt edges.
The work was incomplete at the time of Gould's death, the first part only having been published. The text for part 2 was editied by R. Bowler Sharpe, but without plates. This copy has 9 additional plates by Gould and Hart supplied from the 'Birds of Asia' and 'Birds of New Guinea' to illustrate the 10 text leaves of part 2 (one of the birds 'Pitta sordida', had never been depicted). In addition there are a further 14 coloured and 2 plain plates of Pittidae by. E. and J. Gould, Hart and Richter from Gould's earlier publications, one with an accompanying leaf of text, and one other unidentified plain plate. In total there are 33 hand-coloured and 4 plain plates in this volume which was put together by Sotherans some time in the twentieth century. Fine Birds Book p. 78; Nissen IVB, 377; Sauer 28.
Item nr. 9587
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