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TAYLOR, SUE - John Gould's Extinct & Endangered Birds of Australia

Title: John Gould's Extinct & Endangered Birds of Australia
Description: NLA, Canberra, 2012. Quarto hardcover; illustrated boards, with white and yellow front board and spine titling, illustrated endpapers; 247pp., colour illustrations. Minor wear only; a few scratches on dustwrapper with minimal wear to edges. Otherwise near fine and now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. In 1838, John Gould, the 'father of Australian ornithology' visited Australia with the intention of gathering material for his great work on Australian birds. In the resulting publication, The Birds of Australia: In Seven Volumes (1848), and the accompanying Supplement (1869), Gould named, for the first time, no fewer than 32 Australian bird species. Gould's words about the Norfolk Island Kaka were prophetic-the last bird of its kind died in a cage in London in 1851. Since then, a number of other species illustrated in The Birds of Australia have become extinct and others are now facing extinction. John Gould's Extinct and Endangered Birds of Australia features 59 plates of birds from Gould's eight-volume work, birds that today are threatened or that no longer exist. Featuring exquisite full-colour lithographs reproduced from the National Library of Australia's copy of The Birds of Australia, this book gives an insight into the history of each bird's European discovery, as well as its subsequent fortunes or misfortunes.

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Price: AUD 38.50 = appr. US$ 26.64 Seller: Lamdha Books
- Book number: 91554


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