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.

5 thoughts on “Birds of Asia by John Gould.

  1. 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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    • Nick, I never knew that mate, Craig Dunk was the biker and a lovely bloke. I hope those prints ended up in good homes. I call all these things the Guv’s Black Hole. At least someone got some of that beautiful wooden type.
      Thanks Rod


  2. 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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