Birds of Asia by John Gould.

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John Gould (1804–1881) one of the most prolific ornithological artists of the 19th century, had a romantic enthusiasm for winged creatures, as well as a passion for natural history and an impulse to catalog.
Drawing on his outstanding scientific and artistic talents, he embarked on a series of projects that would eventually make him the leading publisher of ornithological illustrations in Victorian Britain.
Gould’s unparalleled career spanned five decades, during which he produced a series of books depicting birds from all over the world.


via BibliOdyssey: Gould’s Birds of Asia.

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My name is Rod Parham, Hot Metal Compositor. I was born in Adelaide, South Australia in 1947. Single with two children and a grandson. I Love History, Movies and Words.

5 Responses

  1. Stolen Biro

    Rod, do you remember the Guv reproduced many of the hand-painted plates from some of Gould’s volumes back in the late 1980s-’90s on the five-colour Heidelberg? I think Craig The Bikie had the honour of printing them.
    Beautiful they were – and we Guv employees had the opportunity to purchase them. I think the large pics (A3) were $25 and the smaller ones (A4) $15. They looked magnificent framed.
    There were, literally, thousands of unsold ones stacked in piles in an upstairs storeroom. I dunno whatever happened to them – although someone will surely know. Maybe they went the way of the wooden type – who knows.
    PS I wish I had bought that owl pic!

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  2. Stolen Biro

    Methinks those prints would’ve been dumped, tragically. There were thousands of them. You would have needed a trailer to shift them all, I tell ya.
    I have seen some of them framed up very occasionally in antique and op shops.
    As for the wooden type, I do know where SOME of that type went to!

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