WT Greene Parrots In Captivity 1884
Australia, New Guinea & New Zealand

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Great Black Cockatoo
Endangered
New Guinea
GP100 $145
Gang-Gang Cockatoo
Vulnerable
Tasmania
GP101 $165
Rose-Breasted Cockatoo
Australia
GP102 $145
Tri-Coloured or Black-Capped Lory
Endangered
New Guinea
GP103 $165
New Guinea Eclectus
New Guinea
GP104 $165
Pennant's Parrakeet
Australia
GP105 $165
Rose-Hill or Rosella Parrakeet
Australia
GP106 $125
Pileated Parrakeet
Australia
GP107 $165
Blue Mountain Lory
Australia
GP108 $165
Pale-Headed or Mealy Rosella
Australia
GP109 $135
Red-Winged Parrakeet
Australia
GP110 $165
Yellow-Rumped Parrakeet
Australia
GP111 $165
New Zealand Parrakeet
New Zealand
GP112 $145
Barraband's Parrakeet
Australia
GP113 $165
Barnard's Parrakeet
Australia
GP114
SOLD
Splendid Parrakeet
Australia
GP115 $125
Orange-Bellied Parrakeet
Australia
GP116 $125
Budgerigar
Australia
GP117 $125
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WT Greene Parrots In Captivity 1884
Australia, New Guinea & New Zealand

This delightful work of 81 colored wood-engraved plates was printed by Benjamin Fawcett after drawings by A.F. Lydon. The prints are hand finished, particularly the eyes and the beak, and on some there is a beautiful silvery wash applied to the feathers. We are very pleased to offer all 81 prints of this rare work.

Benjamin Fawcett was one of the greatest color printers of the 19th century. He pioneered a system of wood block engraving from multiple wood blocks that resulted in vivid finely colored works such as this marvelous book. Other examples of this original printing technique are Couch's History of the Fishes of the British Islands and Houghton's British Fresh Water Fishes. Fawcett had an association of some 50 years with Francis Orpen Morris to produce many beautiful works on birds, including the highly successful A History of British Birds. Greene's Parrots in Captivity is an authoritative and studious work of the time and is probably the original "how to" book on raising parrots in captivity. It is full of extensive notes on the feeding and successful rearing of each bird according to the philosophy of the day. The illustrations are very vivid, beautifully colored wood engravings and are among the finest of all the illustrations of parrots from this period. In the words of the author, this work was an "attempt in the direction of familiarizing the public with a most delightful class of birds" Reference: Fine Bird Books 1990, p103.

Greene states in his introduction to volume 2, "the height of our ambition in the bird-keeping line for many years was to have a Parrot of our own," a sentiment shared by so many that, in the intervening 124 years since this beautiful work was published, many of the species illustrated are now endangered or extinct. One can only hope that these fine prints can now assuage some of the longing that it initially created & contentment can be had from the images alone!

The prints are in remarkable condition, with the colors of a beauty and vividness still fresh and vibrant to this day. The paper is lightly tones, and the colors are still very intense. Each print measures approximately 6 ½ inches wide by 9 ½ inches long with generous margins. There is descriptive text included with each print and a copy of the title page. Please review the photos carefully as they are very accurate.


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