Plates from John Gould’s American Partridge
John Gould commenced his “A Monograph of the Odontophorinae, or Partridges of America” in 1844 and completed and published it in London in 1850. 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”. Originally issued in three parts, the Partidges of America was limited to an edition of 80 and dedicated to Prince Charles Lucien Bonaparte, whose own most widely known ornithological work concerned the birds of America.
We are pleased to offer from our collection over thirty plates from this beautiful and rare edition.