R1,300 - R1,800
MONOGRAPH OF THE PITTIDAE (FACSIMILE REPRINT) by John Gould
Melbourne: Hill House Publishers, 1989
Fol, unpaginated, original blue hardcover binding, gilt lettering to spine and British Museum emblem in gilt inlay on front board. 10 full-colour plates, collated and complete, and black and white illustrations to the original title pages of the two parts.
Facsimile reprint of a copy originally from the British Museum of Natural History’s collection, with their original stamps present in the reproduction.
Copy of Steve Bales, art consultant of the First Rand financial group, with his bookplate and a stamped number on the front pastedown.
John Gould (1804-1881) was an English ornithologist. He published a number of monographs on birds, illustrated by plates produced by his wife, Elizabeth Gould, and several other artists, including Edward Lear, Henry Constantine Richter, Joseph Wolf and William Matthew Hart. He has been considered the father of bird study in Australia and the Gould League in Australia is named after him. His identification of the birds now nicknamed "Darwin's finches" played a role in the inception of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. Gould's work is referenced in Charles Darwin's book, On the Origin of Species. (wikipedia.com)