John Gould's Extinct & Endangered Birds of Australia
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.
Today, in this new National Library of Australia publication, John Gould’s Extinct and Endangered Birds of Australia by Sue Taylor, 59 plates of birds from Gould’s eight-volume work are featured - birds that are now threatened or 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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