1785 John Latham - Synopsis - CRIMSON FINCH Australia - hand coloured engraving - Ornithology
The crimson finch (Neochmia phaeton) is a species of bird in the family Estrildidae. It is found throughout Northern Australia as well as parts of southern New Guinea. Crimson finches feature a distinctively bright crimson coat and are known for their aggression.
Beautiful engraving in fine original hand colour from Latham’s scarce A General Synopsis of Birds 1785.
In GOOD CONDITION without the usual offsetting. On fine laid paper (last image shows paper texture under a light tray). Very light age spotting.
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.