drawings of the world’s birds

 
 

I have long been fascinated by the drawings of the world’s birds which were done (primarily) in the 1700’s and 1800’s.  These drawings were; scientifically important (Darwin’s thoughts about natural selection began to crystalize after he saw the drawings of the finches he collected in the Galapagos Islands by Gould), economic drivers for the study of natural history, and often exquisite works of art.  Publishing this material is a long term project, divided into two major efforts.  The first is the easier of the two; publishing digital copies of the original works.  The second is a major work effort, cataloguing the individual species which appear in these works.  Since this is a long-term effort, the most recent activity will be noted below.


MOST RECENT ACTIVITY


July 2016:  Cassin - Illustrations of the Birds of California, Oregon, British and Russian America

June 2016: Buller - Birds of New Zealand

June 2016: Gould - “The Birds of Australia” in 7 volumes

June 2016: Beebe - “A Monograph of the Pheasants” in 4 volumes

June 2016: Cory - The Birds of Haiti... - work posted to site

June 2016: Rothschild - Avifauna of Laysan - work posted to site

June 2016: Rothschild - Extinct Birds - work posted to site

June 2016: Alexander Wilson’s “American Ornithology” in 9 volumes - work posted to site


“SHORTHAND” FOR TITLES USED IN THE “PHOTO GALLERIES”

Birds of the World - In Drawings - A to B

Birds of the World - in Drawings - C

Birds of the World - In Drawings - D to F

Birds of the World - In Drawings - G - H

Birds of the World - In Drawings - I -


Beebe - A Monograph of the Pheasants = William Beebe’s “A Monograph of the Pheasants”

    - In 4 volumes.


Buller - Birds of New Zealand = Walter Lawry Buller’s “A History of the Birds of New Zealand”

    1873


Cassin - Illustrations... = John Cassin’s “Illustrations of the Birds of California, Oregon, British and Russian America - 1862


Cory - The Birds of Haiti... = Charles B. Cory’s “The Birds of Haiti and San Domingo” 1885


Gould - Birds of Australia = John Gould’s “The Birds of Australia” in 7 volumes - several plates

    were by his wife, Elizabeth Gould, although John Gould did most.


Rothschild - Avifauna of Laysan = Walter Rothschild’s “The Avifauna of Laysan and the

    Neighboring Islands With a Complete History to Date of the Birds of the Hawaiian

    Possessions” 1893 - 1900  Plates by John Gerrard Keulemans and Frohawk


Rothschild - Extinct Birds - 1907 = Walter Rothschild’s “Extinct Birds. An attempt to unite in

    one volume a short account of those Birds which have become extinct in historical times -

    that is, within the last six or seven hundred years.  To which are added a few which still exist

    but are on the verge of extinction.”  Plates by John Gerrard Keulemans


Wilson - American Ornithology = Alexander Wilson’s “American Ornithology; or the Natural

    History of the Birds of the United States: Illustrated With Plates Engraved and Colored From

    Original Drawings Taken From Nature” - 9 volumes


LINKS TO PUBLISHED WORKS

(The size of each file is listed as well as the year of publication.)


Beebe, William

    A Monograph of The Pheasants Vol. 1.pdf - 41.5 MB - 1918

    A Monograph of the Pheasants Vol. 2.pdf - 35.5 MB - 1921

    A Monograph of the Pheasants Vol. 3.pdf - 42.9 MB - 1922

    A Monograph of the Pheasants Vol. 4.pdf - 50.4 MB - 1922


Buller, Walter Lawry - Buller - Birds of New Zealand.pdf - 32.4 MB - 1873


Cassin, John - Illustrations of the Birds of California, Texas, Oregon, British and Russian America - 1862.pdf  -- 20.3 MB - 1862


Cory, Charles B - The Birds of Haiti and San Domingo.pdf 16.1 MB - 1885


Gould, John

    Birds of Australia Vol 1 Gould.pdf - 38.9 MB - 1848  

    Birds of Australia Vol 2 Gould.pdf -  43.5 MB - 1848

    Birds of Australia Vol 3 Gould.pdf - 38.2 MB - 1848

    Birds of Australia Vol 4 Gould.pdf - 45.3 MB - 1848

    Birds of Australia Vol 5 Gould.pdf - 45.9 MB - 1848

    Birds of Australia Vol 6 Gould.pdf - 52.6 MB - 1848

    Birds of Australia Vol 7 Gould.pdf - 48.2 MB - 1848


Rothschild, Walter - Avifauna of Laysan.pdf 48.4 MB - 1893 - 1900


Rothschild, Walter - Extinct Birds.pdf - 15.8 MB - 1907


Wilson, Alexander 

    American Ornithology Volume 1.pdf - 24.6 MB - 1808

    American Ornithology Volume 2.pdf - 24.8 MB - 1810

    American Ornithology Volume 3.pdf - 20.3 MB - 1811

    American Ornithology Volume 4.pdf - 18.3 MB - 1811

    American Ornithology Volume 5.pdf - 20.1 MB - 1812

    American Ornithology Volume 6.pdf - 19.3 MB - 1812

    American Ornithology Volume 7.pdf - 22.5 MB - 1813

    American Ornithology Volume 8.pdf - 23.6 MB - 1814

    American Ornithology Volume 9.pdf - 22 MB   -  1814