The family of parrots (facsimile].
San Francisco: Pomegranate Artbooks, 1997.
Octavo, 64 pp. colour plates, very good copy in dustwrapper, bookplate.
Illustrations of the family of Psittacidae, or parrots (published in twelve parts, 1830-1832), was the first British publication on a single family of birds. One hundred and ten subscribers received installmants of the Parrots through the spring of 1832, when Lear abandoned the project because he could not financially support the completetion of the work. Although only forty-two parrot portraits were published, the excellence of Lear's paintings gained him work with John Gould and a membership in the Linnaean Society.