Item #4312694 Sombre Gallinule (Gallinula Tenebrosa). John GOULD, H. C. RICHTER.

Sombre Gallinule (Gallinula Tenebrosa)

London: published by the Author, 1840-1869.

Hand-coloured lithograph (360 x 540 mm.), with letter-press text.

From "the sedgy banks of rivers, creeks and water-holes"

Delicately hand coloured original lithographic plate from Gould's most famous work, Birds of Australia, one of the great natural history publications of all time. The Sombre Gallinule was encountered by Gould in the upper Hunter and also on the banks of the Murray in South Australia.

Delicately hand coloured original lithographic plate from Gould's most famous work, Birds of Australia, one of the great natural history publications of all time. The Sombre Gallinule was encountered by Gould in the upper Hunter and also on the banks of the Murray in South Australia.

Birds of Australia is a great tribute to Australia and was one of Gould's most successful projects. 'Only 250 copies have been printed, and the drawings have been effaced from stones; of these, 180 were subscribed for, the remaining seventy the author proposes to issue upon the original terms, with the exception, that five or more parts shall be delivered in the course of each year instead of four; the delivery to commence on the 1st of January 1849' (Prospectus).

Condition Report: Very good.

Price (AUD): $1,250.00

US$882.07   Other currencies

Ref: #4312694

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