1785 John Latham - Synopsis - HADEDA IBIS - Ornithology - hand coloured engraving
Hadada or hadeda ibis, Bostrychia hagedash? (White-headed curlew, Numenius leucocephalus.)
The hadada ibis, also called hadeda, is an ibis native to Sub-Saharan Africa. It is named for its loud three to four note calls uttered in flight especially in the mornings and evenings when they fly out or return to their roost trees.
Beautiful engraving in fine original hand colour from Latham’s scarce A General Synopsis of Birds 1785.
In FINE CONDITION without the usual offsetting. On fine laid paper (last image shows paper texture under a light tray).
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.