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Syrrhaptes Paradoxus

John Gould

Publication Date: 1852
Condition: Very Good
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John Gould: A selection of lithographs from The Birds of Asia Hand-colored lithographs, heightened with gum arabic, by Gould, Henry Constantine Richter, William Hart and Joseph Wolf Each with paper size approximately 141/2" x 211/2." First edition: London, 1850-1883. John Gould was without question the most prolific ornithological artist of the 19th century, and the only one to rival John James Audubon in ambition and quality. The 19th century was a time of intense fascination with discoveries in natural history, especially regarding knowledge of the wildlife of exotic lands. Gould shared the romantic enthusiasm of his time for such subjects, as well as the popular impulse to catalogue exotic wildlife. He combined his passion for natural history with outstanding scientific, artistic, and entrepreneurial talents. Drawing on these abilities, he embarked on a series of projects that would eventually make him the leading publisher of ornithological illustrations in Victorian Britain. Gould's unparalleled career spanned five decades, and he produced a monumental series of books of birds throughout the world. One of Gould's greatest achievements, The Birds of Asia was in production longer than any of his other work, taking thirty-four years for the appearance of its thirty-five parts. The ornithologist was fascinated by the diversity of the exotic, colorful species of Asia, and he conveyed his enchantment to viewers, creating one of his most monumental and magnificent publications. The subjects of the plates are among the most varied of Gould's folios: trogons, kingfishers, sunbirds, woodpeckers, partridges, parrots, parakeets, pheasants, and many other genera are beautifully drawn, printed and colored. Gould placed many of the overwhelmingly vibrant, showy and elegant birds in settings appropriately lush and detailed. Perhaps more than in any of his other productions, he was careful to create an environment that was extensively delineated and highly accurate. In many of Gould's other books, the background was subtle or nonexistent, but he was clearly fascinated by the lovely foliage and wildlife of Asia. The intended geographical range of the work was enormous, and very much in keeping with the seemingly limitless ambition of the 19th century's most enterprising and prolific ornithologist. The Birds of Asia was an amazing success, despite the great length of time over which it was produced. It was also a stunning feat in that, throughout the four decades of its production, the quality remained outstandingly high. The many noted subscribers included Queen Victoria, the Emperor of Austria, the kings of Hanover, Belgium, and Portugal, museums, universities, and institutions in cities worldwide. Gould's great accomplishment is no less celebrated today. Bookseller Inventory # 001317

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Title: Syrrhaptes Paradoxus

Publication Date: 1852

Book Condition:Very Good

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