Melbourne: Charles Stuart & Co., 1887-1891. Folio, Early binder's cloth; a neat set with a few scattered spots.
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, show a level of competence usually not associated with Broinowski.
Ferguson 7458; Mengel 385; Nissen IVB 148; Nissen SVB 71; Whittell p. 78; Wood p. 262; Zimmer p. 100.
Price: $3,000.00 AU