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The Birds of Australia
Melbourne, Lansdowne Press Pty Ltd, Australia; 1972-1975. (Original editions printed in London, 1848-1869). Facsimile Edition of 8 large folio volumes; 681 coloured plates in total; bound in publisher's vinyl imitation morocco; gilt title on spine; gilt bands and decoration to spine; gilt decoration to boards; vol. 1. pp. ciii, 14, 36 plates of birds, introduction, table of ranges of species including New Zealand, New Guinea, preface, dedication page to Queen Victoria, list of subscribers, general index to first 7 volumes,; vol. 2. 104 birds; vol. 3. 97 birds: vol. 4. 104 birds; vol. 5. 92 birds; vol. 6. 82 birds; vol. 7. 85 birds; vol. 8. 81 birds is the supplementary volume with its own index; top of pages tinted; all are fine copies. This facsimile of Gould's massive work that was originally published in parts between 1840 and 1848, the supplementary volume 8 was originally published in 1869 and covers birds discovered between 1848 and 1869. This work provides beautiful hand coloured lithographed plates of each then known bird in Australia and also some from New Zealand including the Owen's Apteryx. The text accompanying the plates gives a full description of the birds plumage and variations between sexes, during breeding seasons, distribution, and also tributes to by whom, when, where specimen collected and possibilities of further members of the species existing. Gould also sometimes notes nests and eggs as in the Wedge Tailed Eagle and interesting asides, such as the Tasmanian Aborigines being extinct. This Facsimile Edition limited to about 500 sets which are now scarce with few sets being offered for sale.
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