John Gould


John Gould (1804-1881) was arguably the greatest and certainly the most prolific publisher and original author of ornithological works in the world. He was born in 1804, Dorsetshire, England, and went on during his 76 year life span to be acknowledged around the world as ‘The Bird Man’. From 1830 to 1881 John Gould produced in excess of 46 magnificently illustrated volumes to Imperial Folio (22″ x 16″ or 559mm x 406mm) on the birds of the world and the mammals of Australia (3 vols). Throughout these volumes there are described many new species and races of birds and animals unknown to science at the time.


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