Acquisitions 058 - John Gould

Lithographs from John Gould's epic series, The Birds of Australia and Adjacent Islands, published for the author, printed by Richard and John E. Taylor, London. In his introduction to The Birds of Australia, Gould stated the reasons for endeavouring the mammoth task of documenting the ornithology of Australia; "I was naturally desirous of turning my attention to the Ornithology of some other region; and a variety of opportune and concurring circumstances induced me to select that of Australia, the birds of which, although invested with the highest degree of interest, had been almost entirely neglected In the absence, then, of any general work on the Birds of Australia, the field was comparatively a new one, and of no ordinary degree of interest, from the circumstance of its being one of the finest possessions of the British Crown, and from its natural productions being as remarkable for the anomalous nature of their forms, as for their beauty, and the singularity of their habits."
37 found in John Gould 058 Acquisitions

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37 found in John Gould 058 Acquisitions

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