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William Swainson: Drawings of birds

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9901

Scope and Contents

Two boxes containg four volumes of sketches, plates and other illustrations from Swainsons various ornithological projects, including his Illustrated Birds of Brazil.

In many cases the scientific names presented are no longer in use, where possible the name of the species and it's current scientific name have been presented, but in most cases the original nonclemature is left to stand alone.


  • Creation: 1789-1830


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4 volume(s) (4 volumes paper) : paper

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from Department of Zoology, 1989

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Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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