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Australian Petrel. Fuliginous Peteril. Procellaria Fuliginosa engraving c1789.

Australian Petrel. Fuliginous Peteril. Procellaria Fuliginosa engraving c1789.

by White, John

Australian Fuliginous Petrel, Procellaria fuliginosa, rostro albido engraving.

White noted that "This is probably nothing more than a variety of the Procellaria Aequinoctialis of Linnaeus. Its size is nearly that of a raven. The whole bird is of a deep sooty brown, or blackish; except that on the chin is a small patch of white, running down a little on each side from the lower mandible. The beak is of a yellowish white.

Rare original copperplate engraving for the Surgeon-General of the First Fleet and Settlement in Australia, John White's Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales published in London by J. Debrett in 1789-1790. As well as being Surgeon-General of the British settlement at Port Jackson, White was an avid amateur naturalist who sent a collection of natural history specimens to England in mid-1789. Sarah Stone drew forty-nine of the sixty-five specimens that were then engraved by five London nature artists, Frederick Nodder, Charles Catton Jr., Edward Kennion, Mortimer, and Stone herself.

This page has faint foxing, and soiling along the edges of the page (which will be covered when framed). White's Journal was published in black and white, this finely hand-coloured engraving was tinted at a later date. Size of page: 28 x 22cm (11 x 8.5 inches).

Stock Number: apJWbA11Price: $140.00