Folio. 32 fine hand-coloured lithographed plates by and after after Gould and H.C.Richter, list of subscribers, list of plates. Contemporary dark morocco gilt, covers with broad gilt borders, spine in six compartments, gilt lettered direct in second and fourth, others richly gilt, raised bands, all edges gilt. A fine copy of the first edition. Gould was inspired to undertake this study “by the sight of several living examples of the beautiful Callipepla Californica, brought home and presented to the Zoological Society of London by Captain Beechey in 1830”. Gould's research took him to collections in Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Leipzig, Berlin, Hanover, Amsterdam, and Leiden, and he was subsequently able to more than triple the number of recorded species of this genus. Originally issued in three parts, the ‘Partridges of America’ was dedicated to Prince Charles Lucien Bonaparte, whose own most widely known ornithological work concerned the birds of America.
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