The boy born in Lyme Regis in humble circumstances would embark on a career of profound significance to ornithology and science generally, and would achieve enduring renown in the Antipodes as the "father of Australian ornithology." — Roslyn Russell, p.8.

He was one of the foremost collectors of the world; a first-rate taxidermist and taxonomist; one of the finest publishers in London; and an accomplished, if sometimes unscrupulous businessman. The ornithologist's most fundamental wish, however — a wish that was both modest and characteristically ambitious — was to be remembered simply for his love of birds. — Isabella Tree, p. 220.

Biographical Material

Discussion of sample entries

Literary relations and other contextual material

Bibliography

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Gould, John. Birds of Asia. Internet Archive. Contributed by Smithsonian Libraries. Web. 3 April 2019.

_____. Birds of Australia Vol V. London: Gould, 1848. Internet Archive. Contributed by Smithsonian Libraries. Web. 3 April 2019.

_____. The Birds of Europe. Vol. I, Raptores. Internet Archive. Contributed by Smithsonian Libraries. Web. 3 April 2019.

_____. The Birds of Great Britain Vol. 1.. London: Gould, 1873. Internet Archive. Contributed by Smithsonian Libraries. Web. 3 April 2019.

_____. A Century of Birds from the Himalaya Mountains. London: Gould, 1831. Internet Archive. Contributed by Smithsonian Libraries. Web. 3 April 2019.

_____. A Monograph of the Trochilidae or Family of Humming-birds, Vol. 4. Internet Archive. Contributed by Smithsonian Libraries. Web. 3 April 2019.

Pascoe, Judith. The Hummingbird Cabinet: A Rare and Curious History of Romantic Collectors. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2006.

Ruskin, John. Love's Meinie: Three lectures on Greek and English Birds. Project Gutenberg. Web. 3 April 2019.

_____. Works, Vol XXXIV. Eds. E. T. Cook amd Alexander Wedderburn. London: George Allen, 1890. Internet Archive. Contributed by the Digital Library of India. Web. 3 April 2019.

Russell, Roslyn. The Business of Nature: John Gould and Australia. Canberra: National Library of Australia. 2011.

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Smith, Jonathan. Charles Darwin and Victorian Visual Culture. Pbk ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. See Ch. 3, "Darwin's Birds," on Gould, Darwin and Ruskin.

Tree, Isabella. The Ruling Passion of John Gould. New York: Grove Weidenfeld, 1991.


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