A monograph of the Ramphastidae, or family of toucans


A monograph of the Ramphastidae, or family of toucans

Title Variants

Alternative: Family of toucans

Alternative: Ramphastidae, or family of toucans

Related Titles

Other: Monograph of the Ramphastidae, or family of toucans, Gould, John, 1804-1881, London : Published by the author, 20, Broad Street, Golden Square, 1834 [that is, 1835]


Gould, John 1804-1881 , author, illustrator

Richter, Henry Constantine, 1821-1902 , illustrator, lithographer
Scharf, George, 1788-1860 , illustrator, lithographer
Gould, Elizabeth 1804-1841 , illustrator
Lear, Edward, 1812-1888 , illustrator
Hart, William Matthew, 1830-1908 , illustrator
Wolf, Joseph, 1820-1899 , illustrator
Owen, Richard, 1804-1892 , Observations on the anatomy of the toucan
Hullmandel & Walton, , printer of plates
Taylor & Francis. , printer




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Publication info

London, Published by the author, 20, Broad Street, Golden Square, [1852]-1854


Second edition


Edition statement from preface, page [8]. "I now publish a second edition with new drawings of the old species, and figures and descriptions of no less than eighteen others--all, in fact, that are known up to the present time.".

"Carus and Engelmann cite this edition as having appeared in 3 parts. Pt. I is reviewed under date of 1852 in the Naumannia, 1853, pp. 237-240. ... The preface, which probably appeared with the last part, is dated May 1, 1854." --Catalogue of the Edward E. Ayer Ornithological Library, page 260.

Gordon C. Sauer, in John Gould the bird man (1982), pages 70-71, posits that this edition was issued in 4 parts, rather than 3, between 1852 and 1854.

The original edition was issued in 3 parts between 1833 and 1835, with a title page dated 1834. See Sauer, no. 3, pages 25-26; Ayer Ornithological Library, pages 259-260.

Some of the illustrations in the original edition were also done by William Matthew Hart & Joseph Wolf, according to Sauer.

At end, on 2 unnumbered leaves printed on both sides, is "Observations on the anatomy of the toucan," by R. Owen, accompanied by a full-page uncolored lithograph, signed G. Scharf del. et lithog., printed by C. Hullmandel; reprinted from original edition.

Catalogue of the Edward E. Ayer Ornithological Library, | pages 259-260

Nissen, C. Illustrierten Vogelbücher, | entry 378

Nissen, C. Schöne Vogelbücher, | entry 193

Sabin, J. Dictionary of books relating to America from its discovery to the present time, | volume 7, page 362, entry 28110

Sauer, G.C. "John Gould's major published works." In Sauer, G.C. John Gould, the bird man, pages 11-86, | no. 19, pages 70-71

Sitwell, S. Fine bird books, | 77

Wood, C.A. Introduction to the literature of vertebrate zoology, | page 365

Contains title page dated 1854, dedication, preface and introduction (26 pages at beginning), list of plates (1 leaf) and 51 full-page hand-colored lithographs, signed: Gould & Richter, del. et lith., Hullmandel & Walton, imp.; each is accompanied by leaf of descriptive letterpress (a few printed on both sides). Four of the plates are copies or free copies of the lithographs in the original edition: Ramphastos culminatus, originally drawn and lithographed by Edward Lear; Ramphastos dicolorus, Aulacoramphus Derbianus (Pteroglossus Derbianus in first edition) and Aulacoramphus haematopygius (Pteroglossus haematopygius in first edition), originally drawn and lithographed by John Gould and Elizabeth Gould. Of the others, 28 are new renderings (a few loosely based on the first edition plates) of the remaining species represented in the first edition, except for one here omitted; 19 represent newly identified species (in one case, newly distinguished). Each is accompanied by leaf of descriptive letterpress, some printed on both sides.


Birds in art , Pictorial works , Toucans

BHL Collections

Women in Natural History

Call Number

QL674 .G652




DOI: https://doi.org/10.5962/bhl.title.156962
LCCN: https://lccn.loc.gov/06009960
OCLC: 7484558


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