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's Birds of Australia

#GOSY001 Wood Swallows
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John Gould, Birds of Australia Synopsis

#GOSY002 Grey Butcherbird
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY003 Butcherbirds
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY004 Magpies
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY005 Currawongs
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY006 Bowerbirds
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY007 Robins
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY009 Apostlebird
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY010 Finches
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY013 Friarbirds
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY014 Wattlebirds
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John Gould, Birds of Australia Synopsis

#GOSY015 Honeyeaters
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY016 Honeyeaters
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John Gould, Birds of Australia Synopsis

#GOSY017 Honeyeaters
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY018 White-eyes
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY019 Grebes
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY020 Monarchs
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John Gould, Birds of Australia Synopsis

#GOSY021 Finches
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY025 Parrots
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY026 Honeyeaters
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY027 Spinebills
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John Gould, Birds of Australia Synopsis

#GOSY028 Brown Quail
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY029 Quail
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY030 Quail
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY031 Quail
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John Gould, Birds of Australia

#GOSY032 Plovers
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY033 Banded Stilt
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

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

#GOSY036 Blue-billed Duck
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY037 Terns
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John Gould, Birds of Australia Synopsis

#GOSY039 Raptors
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John Gould, Birds of Australia Synopsis

#GOSY041 Osprey
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John Gould, Birds of Australia Synopsis

#GOSY042 Falcons
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY043 Brown Falcon
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY044 Goshawks
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY045 Sparrowhawks
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY046 Pacific Basa
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY047 Kites
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY048 Spotted Harrier
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John Gould, Birds of Australia Synopsis

#GOSY050 Owls
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY053 Kingfishers
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John Gould, Birds of Australia Synopsis

#GOSY054 Whistlers
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY055 Whistlers
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY056 Cuckoo-Shrikes
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY057 Cuckoo-Shrikes
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY058 Scrubwrens
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY059 Thornbills
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY061 Gerygones
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY063 Chirruping Wedgebill
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY068 Sitellas
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY069 Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY070 Striped Honeyeater
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY071 Painted Honeyeater
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY072 Honeyeaters
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John Gould's Birds of Australia

#GOSY073 Red-kneed Dotterel
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