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White-eyes, Zosterops coerulescens, luteus, gouldi, tephropleurus. Hand-coloured lithograph.



Baron Gracius Joseph Broinowski, The Birds of Australia, 1887-1891.



Baron Gracius Joseph Broinowski.

Addional Notes:


Broinowski was born in Polnd in 1837, the son of a landowner and military officer of the Polish nobility. To avoid conscription to the Russian Imperial Army he roamed Europe in poverty, his possessions having been stolen earlier when in Germany. Hearing tales of the Australian goldfields he boarded a windjammer bound for Victoria as a deckhand. Broinowski swam ashore at Portland in Victoria in 1857, aged 20. For seven years Broinowski walked from one rural settlement to another working as a shepherd, stockman and independent farmer.


Broinowski published the Birds and Mammals of Australia, in 1884, followed by The Cockatoos and Nestors of Australia and New Zealand in 1888, but his greatest achievement was The Birds of Australia finalised in 1891 which was commissioned by the Department of Public Instruction in New South Wales. It was published in six volumes from 1887-1891 with 303 full page illustrations lithographed in colour with notes on over 700 species. Limited to 1000 copies the edition sold out quickly. As in John Gould's Birds of Australia, some New Zealand birds were also featured.

Display &
Framing Notes:


Do not hang in direct sunlight.
This print should be framed with acid free archival matting and archival glass.



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