William Swainson / William Jardine / Royal College of Physicians of London: The naturalist's library. Ornithology. Volume X, Flycatchers. Edinburgh, W. H. Lizars, London, S. Highley, Dublin, W. Curry, Jun. And Co., 1838. Octavo: (2) 256 pp. Complete with the 31 numbered, hand-coloured birds. The paper with the bird depictions is clean. Some small brown spots here and there. The binding is somewhat loose. With the original green flyleaves with a few old initials. Linen binding. The spine is damaged and the corners are slightly bent.
**William John Swainson FLS, FRS (Newington (London), 8 October 1789 – Lower Hutt, 6 December 1855) was a British ornithologist, malacologist, entomologist, author and graphic artist.
Swainson was the son of John Timothy Swainson, a high ranking official at the British Tax and Customs Administration. He was also a renowned collector of insects and shells, and was one of the first members of the Linnean Society of London which was founded in 1788. William got a job as a fourteen year old in Customs and later in the British army where he was stationed on Malta and Sicily. He was dedicated to studying fish while on Sicily. He retired in 1815 for health reasons. He retained half his salary and returned to London. He became a member of the Linnean Society of London in the footsteps of his father.
Swainson made a collecting trip to Brazil in 1816-1818 and returned with 20,000 specimens of insects and 1,200 plants, 120 drawings of fish and of approx. 760 birds. He was encouraged by his friend William Elford Leach (who worked at the zoology department of the British Museum) to make lithographs and publish these. And that is what he subsequently did. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1820.
In 1823, he married Marianne Blum. They had four sons and a daughter. Mary passed away in 1835 and Swainson remarried with Ann Grasby in 1840. The couple emigrated to New Zealand a year later. He lived in Australia between 1851 and 1854 where he had a position as forestry researcher for the government of Victoria. That wasn’t a success. He had no knowledge of the dendrology of this continent. He returned to New Zealand in 1854 and passed away shortly after.
- Anzahl der Bücher
- Illustriert, Ornithologie
- Autor/ Illustrator
- William Swainson / William Jardine / Royal College of Physicians of London.
- The naturalist's library. Ornithology. Vol. X, Flycatchers.
- Erscheinungsjahr (ältestes Objekt)
- Edinburgh, W. H. Lizars, London, S. Highley, Dublin, W. Curry, Jun. And Co., 1838.
- Mix/ Mehrere
- Anders- siehe Beschreibung, Per Hand eingefärbte Illustrationen
- Anzahl der Seiten
- 18×11 cm