John Gould's extinct and endangered birds of Australia.
Canberra: National Library of Australia, 2012.
Quarto, dustwrapper, 247 pp. colour illustrations.
In 1838, John Gould, the father of Australian ornithology visited Australia with the intention of gathering material for his great work The Birds of Australia: In Seven Volumes (1848), and the accompanying Supplement (1869). Since then, a number of species illustrated in The Birds of Australia have become extinct and others are now facing extinction. This book features 59 plates of birds from Gould's eight-volume work, birds that today are threatened or that 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 birds European discovery, as well as its subsequent fortunes or misfortunes.