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Image number: RS.17562
Credit: ©The Royal Society

‘Superb menura’

Date

1802

Creator

John Latham (1740-1837, British), Naturalist

Object type

Library reference

48050

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 180mm
width (print): 242mm

Subject

Biology
   > Zoology
      > Ornithology
Biology
   > Natural history

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > bird

Description

Ornithological study of the Superb lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae) the songbird native to Australia. Shown on flat ground.

Additional plate 136* from the Supplement. II. to the general synopsis of birds, by John Latham (London, Leigh, Sotheby & Son, 1802). The plate is inscribed above ‘Pl. CXXXVI*’; and below ‘Superb Menura. Publish’d as the Act directs May 30, 1801, by Leigh, Sotheby & Son, York Street, Covent Garden.’

In the associated description, the author states: ‘The above curious bird inhabits New Holland, where it is said to be rare; as yet we know only of five specimens having arrived in England…‘

John Latham (1740-1837) British surgeon and naturalist, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1775.

Associated place

<The World>
   > Oceania
      > Australia