A Century of Birds from the Himalaya Mountains

A Century of Birds from the Himalaya Mountains was an ornithological book published by John Gould between 1830 & 1832.

A century of birds from the Himalaya Mountains (TAB. I) (9237206163)
A century of birds from the Himalaya Mountains (TAB. LX) (9240055086)
A century of birds from the Himalaya Mountains (TAB. LXXIII) (9240074298)

John Gould was working as a taxidermist at the museum of the Zoological Society of London, curating and preserving animal bodies for display or study. When a number of taxidermied birds from the Himalaya Mountains arrived at the society, Gould decided to publish a book describing them.

The text was written by Gould's friend and mentor Nicholas Aylward Vigors.[1]

The images of the birds were produced using the process of lithography. They were sketched by Gould himself, and drawn and transferred onto stones by Gould’s wife, artist Elizabeth Gould.[2][3] She worked with Edward Lear to do this. Lear published his own Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae, or Parrots around the same time. It is said that Gould was inspired by Lear's work.[4] Elizabeth Gould continued to produce drawings for ornithological books until her death in 1841.

Unfortunately, a publisher could not be found, and Gould made the decision to publish it himself. The book was printed in stages and issued in 20 monthly parts between 1830 & 1832. The printer was Charles Joseph Hullmandel.[2]

SubscribersEdit

There were 298 subscribers to the book, including:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "A Century of Birds from the Himalaya Mountains". www.peterharrington.co.uk. Retrieved 2021-03-17.
  2. ^ a b "John Gould (1804-81) - A Century of birds from the Himalaya Mountains". www.rct.uk. Retrieved 2021-03-17.
  3. ^ "John Gould | British ornithologist". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2021-03-17.
  4. ^ "A Century of Birds from the Himalaya Mountains". www.peterharrington.co.uk. Retrieved 2021-03-17.