London, Taylor and Francis (for the author), 1872. Large folio (53.0 x 38.0 cm). Printed and originally hand-coloured sheet.
A fine plate by the famous German-British bird painter, Joseph Wolf (1820-1899), lithographed and hand-coloured. It shows the Greenland gyrfalcon, Falco candicans Gmelin, a rare visitor to the British Isles. It is with this plate that John Gould stated: "I cannot conclude without calling attention to the admirable delineations of all these large northern Falcons, for which I am indebted to the pencil of Mr. Wolf, whose abilities as an artist are so justly celebrated, and who thoroughly understands the subject. I trust they will be duly appreciated by the possessors of the present work, as I feel every one must have been delighted with the illustrations of Messrs. Schlegel and Verster van Wulferhorst's 'Traité de Fauconnerie,' by the same master hand". The name used by Gould is a junior synonym of Falco rusticolus Linnaeus. Dating of the plate is after Waterhouse. Plate slightly toned, vague stamp on verso (not shining through), a few tiny holes (from previous binding) in the right outer margin; otherwise in good condition. Very uncommon. Nissen IVB, 372; Waterhouse (1885) The dates of publication of some of the zoological works of the late John Gould F.R.S., p. 9; Zimmer, p. 261.