C1789

Female Superb Warbler.

A superbly hand coloured engraving of the first illustration of a female Superb Fairy-wren, printed in London in 1789 from the first specimen collected by William Anderson, surgeon and naturalist on Captain James Cook’s third voyage in 1777 when it … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Female Superb Warbler.

Date:

C1789

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

170mm 
x 240mm

Paper Size: 

209mm 
x 283mm
AUTHENTICITY
Female Superb Warbler. - Antique Print from 1789

Genuine antique
dated:

1789

Description:

A superbly hand coloured engraving of the first illustration of a female Superb Fairy-wren, printed in London in 1789 from the first specimen collected by William Anderson, surgeon and naturalist on Captain James Cook’s third voyage in 1777 when it visited Adventure Bay, Tasmania. He named it Motacilla cyanea but did not live to publish his findings, these were described by his assistant William Ellis in 1782.

Common names: Superb Fairy-wren, Superb Blue Wren, Fairy Wren & Mormon Wren.
Binomial name: Malurus cyaneus
First described: Ellis 1782
Distribution: SA, VIC, TAS, NSW & QLD.

From Phillip, A. Governor Arthur Phillip’s, Voyage to Botany Bay. London.

References:
Ferguson, J. A. Bibliography of Australia Volumes 1-8, Canberra 1976 47.
Wantrup, J. Australian Rare Books. Sydney 1987 pp.59-64, pp.127-128, p.345-5, ill. p.63..

Collections:
State Library Victoria: RARELTF 994.02 P54V

Peter Mazell (1759 - 1797)

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