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Historia naturalis ranarum nostratium in qua omnes earum proprie  (Rare Book Colouring 2020 )
Image: Leone Lemmer
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The Birds of Australia : in seven volumes / by John Gould. (Rare Book Colouring 2020)
For many who grew up in Australia in the twentieth century, their introduction to wildlife was through the Gould League, an organisation set up in 1909 to honour the work of John Gould (1804–1881), a zoologist and passionate bird collector. With his wife, Elizabeth, Gould left England in 1838 to embark on a 19-month field trip of Australia, with the aim of plugging the gap in knowledge of the country’s birds and mammals. Gould spent a number of weeks exploring the collections of the Australian Museum, familiarising himself with the native fauna, before acquiring his own specimens in the field. After his return to London, the Australian Museum and its associates sent Gould more newly discovered species – a practice that continued for the next 40 years. These specimens were quickly sketched by Gould and then finished by one of his artists under close supervision. The lavish books Gould produced and published, a full set of which is still held in the Australian Museum’s Rare Books collection, are a tangible reminder of Gould’s link to the Museum. 7 volumes, 36 parts, published by the author in 1848, London 55 (high) x 37 (wide) cm Purchased 1864 AM Archives, Rare Books and Library Collections Above: ‘Dacelo Gigantea, Great Brown King sher’, John Gould and H.C. Richter Image: Leone Lemmer
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Rare Books from the Research Library Details: Lizards from Report on the Work of the Horn Scientific Expedition to Central Australia edited by Baldwin Spencer, 1896 Image: Research Library
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Rare Books from the Research Library Details: Egg illustrations by Harriet Scott, from Edward Ramsay’s ‘Illustrations of Australian Oology’, in The Ibis (New Series), Volume 3, 1867. Image: Research Library
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Rare Books from the Research Library Details: Freckled Duck from The Birds of Australia: in Seven Volumes by John Gould, 1848 Image: Research Library
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Rare Books from the Research Library Details: Snake illustration by Harriet Scott from The Snakes of Australia by Gerard Krefft, 1869 Image: Research Library
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Bloch Fish Illustration
Fish Illustration from 'Histoire naturelle des poissons : avec les figures dessinées d'après nature' by Marcus Elieser Bloch,1723-1799. The illustrations were from various artists. (Rare Book Colouring 2020) Image: Abram Powell
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Rare Books from the Research Library Details: Squids from Voyage de la corvette l'Astrolabe by Jules Dumont d’Urville, 1830-1835 Image: Research Library
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Rare books from the Research Library Details: Cow from Icones Animalium by Conrad Gesner, 1560 edition Image: Research Library
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