Trogon Atricollis (Black-throated Trogon)

John Gould

Published by London, 1875
Condition: Fine No Binding
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John Gould (1804-1881) was an English ornithologist, self-taught artist and naturalist. Gould first worked as a gardener under his father in the Royal Gardens of Windsor, from 1818-1824, where he began his illustrations. He became an expert taxidermist, opening his own practice in London in 1824 and in 1827 he became the first Curator and Preserver at the museum of the Zoological Society of London. Through his work he was able to meet with the country’s leading naturalists and view new collections of birds given to the Zoological Society. His interest in birds was continually developing and in 1830 he published his first volume on birds, “A Century of Birds From the Himalaya Mountains.” For the next fifty years, Gould, his wife and artists working with them traveled around Asia, the East Indies and Australia. His wife Elizabeth and other artists were able to transfer his sketches to stone; hand print and hand-color them. Gould became the leading publisher of ornithological illustrations in Victorian Britain, creating over three thousand plates of birds in over forty volumes. Gould conceived of a specialized monograph on the trogons as a complimentary volume to his book on the toucans. The two highly colorful species were the only birds for which he created monographs, dedicated to one sort of bird rather than those of a particular geographical area. “A Monograph of the Trogons” was published from 1858-1875, and contains forty-seven hand colored lithographs. Gould's illustrations for the Trogons are some of the most magnificent that the ornithologist ever produced. This folio size, hand-colored lithograph, Trogon Atricollis, measures 21.5” x 14.75” and is in mint condition. These trogons, commonly known as Black-throated Trogons, are expertly hand-colored; the male in luminous shades of green and yellow, and the female in rich brown. The black and white patterns on their wings and tail feathers further detail their plumage and give the birds dimension. Black-throated Trogons live in the lower levels of damp tropical forests, preferring the deep shade of the understory. The birds illustrated in this lithograph are perched on a branch with well detailed leaves and delicate flowers. Bookseller Inventory # bg0327e

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Title: Trogon Atricollis (Black-throated Trogon)

Publisher: London

Publication Date: 1875

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Fine

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