1785 John Latham - Synopsis - SANDPIPER - hand coloured engraving EXTINCT - Ornithology
White-winged Sandpiper or Moorea sandpiper is an EXTINCT member of the large wader family Scolopacidae that was endemic to the Moorea in French Polynesia, where the locals called it te-te in the Tahitian language.
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.