John Gould’s Birds of Australia
To buy the complete set of the seven volumes of the quintessential work on Australian birds would set one back many thousands of Australian dollars – if you can find copies for sale.
John Gould, 1804-1881, one of our earliest ornithologists and a brilliant artist, produced his amazing work called “The Birds of Australia” which has been unavailable to most people until recently. It was first published in 1848.
It is now available to view electronically here. This includes not only scanned copies of all of the text pages, but also all of his wonderful coloured plates. These are fine examples of the exquisite skills of this wonderful artist.