‘American rhea’

    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
    Credit
    ©The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.17562
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