GOULD, John (1804 - 1881)
Rallicula Forbesi, Sharpe. (Forbe’s rail, or Forbes’s forest rail or Forbes’s forest crake)
Lithograph with vivid original hand colouring, measures 560 x 375 mm (sheet), titled lower margin, Letterpress sheet of descriptive text included. Defective, 3 cm of loss to image due to offset abrasion on to letterpress sheet.
A plate from The Birds of New Guinea and the Adjacent Papuan Islands (London : published by the author, 1875-1888), Gould’s last great colourplate book, completed after Gould’s death by Dr. R. B. Sharpe. Approximately 250 sets were issued, the full set containing 320 plates, each lithograph strikingly coloured by hand.
Reference : Ferguson 10033