A Synopsis of The Birds of Australia

John Gould's Birds of Australia
John Gould's "A Synopsis of the Birds of Australia and the Adjacent Islands" was his first publication concerning the study of Australian birds. It was published in four parts, the first two in 1837 and the remaining two in 1838, just before Gould's departure for Australia. It consists of 73 plates and 199 species. It is one of the few illustrated works by Gould not to be issued in folio size. It was published in Imperial octavo format, with the birds figured as head studies only. Allan McEvey, who was Curator of Birds at the National Museum of Victoria, wrote in 1979 that the drawings for the lithographs in the Synopsis may be attributed to Elizabeth Gould. He states that "in their direct apppeal and painstaking production [they are] among the most charming of Gould plates". The hand-colouring is superb. It is not known how many copies were published. It is not particularly rare, however, we have not seen individual plates offered for sale before. We were fortunate to purchase a complete disbound set and are proud to present these on our web site with prices starting at $150.00. 

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John Gould

#GOSY001 Wood Swallows - $200.00
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John Gould, Birds of Australia Synopsis

#GOSY002 Grey Butcherbird - $300.00
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John Gould

#GOSY003 Butcherbirds - $200.00
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John Gould

#GOSY004 Magpies - $300.00
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John Gould

#GOSY005 Currawongs - $150.00
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John Gould

#GOSY006 Bowerbirds - $250.00
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John Gould

#GOSY007 Robins - $250.00
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John Gould

#GOSY009 Apostlebird - $150.00
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John Gould

#GOSY010 Finches - $200.00
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John Gould

#GOSY013 Friarbirds - $350.00
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John Gould

#GOSY014 Wattlebirds - $400.00
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John Gould

#GOSY016 Honeyeaters - $275.00
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John Gould, Birds of Australia Synopsis

#GOSY017 Honeyeaters - $275.00
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John Gould

#GOSY018 White-eyes - $200.00
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John Gould

#GOSY019 Grebes - $250.00
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#GOSY020 Monarchs - $200.00
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John Gould, Birds of Australia Synopsis

#GOSY022 Pardalotes - $300.00
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John Gould

#GOSY025 Parrots - $475.00
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John Gould

#GOSY026 Honeyeaters - $300.00
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John Gould

#GOSY027 Spinebills - $350.00
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John Gould, Birds of Australia Synopsis

#GOSY028 Brown Quail - $150.00
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John Gould

#GOSY029 Quail - $200.00
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John Gould

#GOSY030 Quail - $150.00
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John Gould

#GOSY031 Quail - $200.00
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John Gould, Birds of Australia

#GOSY032 Plovers - $275.00
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John Gould

#GOSY033 Banded Stilt - $300.00
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John Gould

#GOSY034 Black-winged Stilt - $300.00
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#GOSY035 Red-necked Avocet - $300.00
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John Gould, Birds of Australia

#GOSY036 Blue-billed Duck - $400.00
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John Gould

#GOSY037 Terns - $250.00
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John Gould, Birds of Australia Synopsis

#GOSY040 Raptors - $375.00
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John Gould, Birds of Australia Synopsis

#GOSY042 Falcons - $450.00
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John Gould

#GOSY043 Brown Falcon - $350.00
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John Gould

#GOSY044 Goshawks - $400.00
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John Gould

#GOSY045 Sparrowhawks - $300.00
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John Gould

#GOSY046 Pacific Basa - $325.00
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John Gould

#GOSY047 Kites - $350.00
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John Gould

#GOSY048 Spotted Harrier - $375.00
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John Gould, Birds of Australia Synopsis

#GOSY050 Owls - $400.00
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John Gould

#GOSY053 Kingfishers - $350.00
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#GOSY054 Whistlers - $325.00
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John Gould

#GOSY055 Whistlers - $200.00
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John Gould

#GOSY056 Cuckoo-Shrikes - $250.00
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John Gould

#GOSY057 Cuckoo-Shrikes - $250.00
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John Gould

#GOSY058 Scrubwrens - $200.00
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John Gould

#GOSY059 Thornbills - $150.00
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John Gould, Birds of Australia Synopsis

#GOSY060 Thornbills $150.00
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John Gould

#GOSY061 Gerygones - $150.00
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John Gould, Birds of Australia Synopsis

#GOSY062 Pardalotes - $200.00
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John Gould

#GOSY063 Chirruping Wedgebill - $150.00
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John Gould

#GOSY068 Sitellas - $150.00
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John Gould

#GOSY069 Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater - $150.00
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#GOSY070 Striped Honeyeater - $150.00
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John Gould

#GOSY071 Painted Honeyeater - $150.00
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John Gould

#GOSY072 Honeyeaters - $225.00
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John Gould

#GOSY073 Red-kneed Dotterel - $150.00
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