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Dominic Winter Auctioneers

Further entries invited for all categories. For further details please contact one of our specialist valuers.

British Topographical Books & Early Maps

including a private collection of Yorkshire books

Early Printed Books & Manuscripts

Fine Bookbindings: Renaissance to Arts & Crafts

Bookbinding Tools & Accessories

A selection of lots being sold 14 June 2017

John Gould.   The  Birds  of  Great  Britain,  25  original parts  (complete),  published  by  the  author,  26 Charlotte Street, Bedford Square,  August  1st 1862-December 1st 1873, 367 fine hand-coloured lithographs by John  Gould,  Henry  Constantine  Richter,  Joseph  Wolf  and  William  Hart, mostly  heightened  with gum arabic, the five printed titles, dedication leaf, list of  subscribers,  preface  and introduction all bound into the 25th and final part  (with  additional  printed  leaf  of  instructions  to the binder tipped-in at  front),  occasional  light  spotting  (plates  generally  in clean condition),  untrimmed  (sheet size 56 x 38.5 cm), original uniform blue-green cloth-backed  printed  boards,  with  wood  engraved vignette to upper cover of each volume,  rubbed  and  some  marks  and  occasional soiling, some joints weakened, large  folio  (57 x 39 cm)

Provenance: Formerly part of the library at Mamhead House,  near Exeter, the seat of Sir Robert Newman Bt., Baron Mamhead of Exeter.

Nissen  Illustrierte Vogel Bucher 372. Wood, page 365. Zimmer page 261. Sauer 23. Fine  uncut copy as issued in the original parts, with full plate margins, and vivid  colouring.  Described  by  Wood  as  "a  magnificent  work  (in 25 parts) with  life-like  portraits of the birds inhabiting the British Isles", Gould's Birds  of Great Britain is justly considered the outstanding landmark of 19th century  British  ornithology  and natural history publishing. The work contains a much greater  amount of descriptive text than in Gould's previous publications, and for  the  first  time  includes  extensive  background  detail  in the images, including  nests,  eggs  and  offspring,  'a  thing  hitherto  almost entirely neglected  by  authors'  as  Gould  says in his preface. The author goes on to observe "Many of the public are quite unaware how the colouring of these large plates  is  accomplished; and not a few believe that they are produced by some mechanical  process  or by chromo-lithography. This, however, is not the case; every  sky  with its varied tints and every feather of each bird were coloured by hand; and when it is considered that nearly two hundred and eighty thousand illustrations  in  the  present work have been so treated, it will most likely cause  some  astonishment  to those who give the subject a thought".  

Estimate  £30,000 - 40,000   

For further information please contact Chris Albury, Colin Meays or John Trevers

01285 860006

Fine Art & Antiques

Paintings & Watercolours, Old Master & Modern Prints & Drawings

Antique Furniture & Collectables

A selection of lots being sold Thursday 15 June 2017:

For further information please contact Nathan Winter or Henry Meadows or

01285 860 006