1785 John Latham - Synopsis - CREAM COLOURED COURSER Ornithology - hand coloured - AntiqueORIGINALS
1785 John Latham - Synopsis - CREAM COLOURED COURSER Ornithology - hand coloured - AntiqueORIGINALS
1785 John Latham - Synopsis - CREAM COLOURED COURSER Ornithology - hand coloured - AntiqueORIGINALS

1785 John Latham - Synopsis - CREAM COLOURED COURSER Ornithology - hand coloured

£61.00

Ornithological study of the Cream-coloured courser (Cursorius cursor) a wading bird native to North Africa and the Canary Islands. The specimen is shown standing on flat greenery. 

Beautiful engraving in fine original hand colour from Latham’s scarce A General Synopsis of Birds 1785.

24.4 x 18.4 cm

Exquisite original hand colour.

London, 1785

Bibliography: Anker 277; Fine Bird Books, p.87; Nissen IVB 532; Wood, p.427; Zimmer, p.371

In GOOD CONDITION with lightest of offsetting.

John Latham (27 June 1740 – 4 February 1837) was an English physician, naturalist and author. His main works were A General Synopsis of Birds (1781–1801) and General History of Birds (1821–1828). He was able to examine specimens of Australian birds which reached England in the last twenty years of the 18th century, and was responsible for naming many of them. These included the emu, sulphur-crested cockatoo, wedge-tailed eagle, superb lyrebird and Australian magpie. He was also the first to describe the hyacinth macaw. Latham has been called the "grandfather" of Australian ornithology.