John Gould: an Australian Perspective

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Author: AUTHOR:Sean Dawes ILLUSTRATIONS:John Gould
ISBN: 9781846766462
Binding: Hardcover, Section Sewn
Pages: 228 pgs
Size: 254 x 254 mm

Description:

In the 18th and 19th centuries, the European world learned of amazing varieties of nature existing in Australasia; an apparent, infinite array of plants, birds, reptiles, mammals and insects. Scientific clubs and organisations grew, each publishing fulsome records, but illustrations were significantly limited.

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The recently developed art and craft of lithography made large, coloured illustrations possible; a printing advancement not equalled until colour film was introduced.

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As a young man, Gould gained many skills, first as a gardener, then as taxidermist to George 1V and William 1V, and finally as curator in the museum of the London Zoological Society where he became a leading ornithologist, as well as a bird artist and lithographic publisher.

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With the most fascinating insights into this period of history and all those characters Gould came in contact with - Sir Joseph Banks, Charles Darwin, Baudin, Charles Sturt, John Eyre, Governors and Governors-General - and a very comprehensive bibliography and index - here is a book that is not only visually pleasing but full of enthralling glimpses into a remarkable man's life in an exceptional era.