Melbourne: Charles Stuart & Co., 1890-1891. Folio, 303 chromolithographic plates with accompanying text and tissue guards. Six volumes bound in three, contemporary half calf and gilt lettered cloth, expertly re-spined, all edges coloured and tissue guards present, a sound clean set.
Gracius Joseph Broinowski was born in Poland in 1837 and arrived in Australia in 1857. He was treated roughly on the voyage and jumped ship at Portland, Victoria. He became a naturalised citizen and died in Sydney in 1913. Birds of Australia is by far his best-known work and although not in the class of Gould or Mathews it is nevertheless an interesting work and an important addition to any collection of Australian ornithology. The plates at their best, such as those of the pigeons and cockatoos, are very good.
Ferguson 7458; Mengel 385; Nissen IVB 148; Nissen SVB 71; Whittell p. 78; Wood p. 262; Zimmer p. 100.
Price: $9,000.00 AU