The Australian Crane

Heinrich Leutemann and J.G. Keulemans

Published by A Monograph of Cranes, 1897
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G.F. Westerman, the Director and Founder of the Zoological Garden of Amsterdam, commissioned Heinrich Leutemann to begin a work on a monograph that showcased the cranes residing at the zoo. Most of the illustrations of cranes were drawn from life by Leutemann on location at the Zoological Garden. The completed monograph contained seven additional drawings done by J.G. Keulemans, as well as text written by F.E. Blaauw. Each beautifully hand colored image is accompanied by both the English and Latin name, as well as other common names for the bird, a full description of plumage at both immature and adult stages, and a discussion of habits. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: The Australian Crane
Publisher: A Monograph of Cranes
Publication Date: 1897
Binding: No Binding
Book Condition: Very Good

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Book Description Australian National Railways, Adelaide. Soft Cover. Condition: Good. No Jacket. First Edition. some wear to covers and edges, some owners marks in text, otherwise book clean and tight. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 024016

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Book Description London, 1869. No Binding. Condition: Fine. This splendid hand-colored, folio-size lithograph, Grus Australasianus: Gould, from John Gould’s (1804-1881) monumental book "Birds of Australia," is in mint condition. This framed lithograph measures 29.75" x 22.5", (paper: 21" x 14.5") and magnificently displays the author’s scientific skill and attention to detail. Commonly called Brogla, Australian Crane or Native Companion, this wading bird is expertly hand-colored with a grey and white body, reddish head mask and black legs. This crane is illustrated in a marshland area as these birds live close to water. At the time "Birds of Australia's" publication, the birds of this region were essentially unknown to a European audience and as Gould himself admitted in the preface to the book, “the field was comparatively a new one”. John Gould was without question the most prolific ornithological artist of the 19th century, and the only one to rival John James Audubon in ambition and quality. The 19th century was a time of intense fascination with discoveries in natural history, especially regarding knowledge of the wildlife of exotic lands. Gould combined his passion for natural history with outstanding scientific, artistic, and entrepreneurial talents, and embarked on a series of projects that would eventually make him the leading publisher of ornithological illustrations in Victorian Britain. Gould’s unparalleled career spanned five decades, and he produced a monumental series of books of birds throughout the world. The Birds of Australia is John Gould’s largest and most important work. Because he himself spent so much time in the field making his own observations, the text that accompanies the illustrations is by far the most accurate and detailed of all his works. Each of the illustrations is stunningly colored and flawlessly drafted, highlighting the exquisite plumage and elegance of the birds. The colossal work is tremendous throughout, and quite rightly, it is considered Gould’s masterpiece. When Gould began work on the Birds of Australia, the ornithology of that continent was all but unknown in Europe. Gould started his research using specimens available in England, but quickly realized that the supply was far from sufficient. He discarded the work and traveled to Australia to begin his effort anew on his magnum opus. Arriving in Australia in September 1838, Gould and his wife, Elizabeth, spent the following eighteen months exploring Tasmania and the adjacent islands, South Australia, and New South Wales, and penetrated well into the interior. Over the course of these extensive travels Gould made many of the preliminary drawings that were translated into the remarkable series of 681 lithographs. Gould collected and documented so many new species, more than three hundred, that very few additions have been made since. His voyage to Australia was unsurpassed in the annals of ornithology. The price on this listing is the exact hammer price (plus framing cost) from the East Bay Auction (held March, 2010) NOT INCLUDING THE PREMIUM. Seller Inventory # B0802e

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