Hemipodius Melanogaster, Gould.
Hullmandel & Walton Imp. [n.d. c.1848.]
Hand-coloured lithograph. 368 x 553mm. 14½ x 21¾". Fine; small tears to edges.
The Black-breasted Hemipode or Buttonquail, is a rare species endemic to eastern Australia. They are found in central Queensland and New South Wales. From 'Birds of Australia' by John Gould and Henry Constantine Richter. Known as 'the Bird Man', John Gould (1804-1881) was a naturalist whose passion was the field of ornithology. He was inspired to work on Australian birds by the many 'strange and unusual' specimens sent to him by his two brothers-in-law, who had emigrated to Australia in the early 1830s. He therefore relinquished his post at the Zoological Society and travelled to Australia in 1838 to record the 'habits and manners of its birds in a state of nature' - in country that was then largely unchartered. The expedition resulted in Gould discovering over 300 species; although many of these were later deemed to be subspecies, many of his bird names have survived to this day. "The Birds of Australia", issued in 36 Parts between 1840 and 1848. It is a massive work comprising 8 folio sized volumes that depict and describe all of the 681 Australian bird varieties then known, many of them recorded by Gould himself for the first time.
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