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The January Special Collections “Book of the Month” is an 1838 treasure, self-published by John Gould.  A Monograph of the Trogonidae, or Family of Trogons, was printed in London, with hand-colored lithographic plates by Gould and two others.  The folio introduced 12 new species of birds to science.  Quoting Gould on Trogons:  “Denizens of the intertropical regions of the Old and New World, they shroud their glories in the deep and gloomy recesses of the forest….”  The name, Trogon, is derived from the Greek word for “nibbling,” which these birds do to enlarge nesting holes in trees. 

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