Gold embossed cover of 'The Dodo and its Kindred', 1848.
4 0 c m
 
33cm
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

Gold embossed cover of 'The Dodo and its Kindred', 1848.

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Description

The dodo (possibly from the Dutch 'dodoor' meaning sluggard) and solitaire were hunted to extinction by Europeans and the domestic pets they introduced. These flightless birds were related to the pigeon and were native to Mauritius and islands to the east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. The common dodo (Raphus cucullatus or Didus ineptus) became extinct from Mauritius c 1665-1670; the Rodriguez solitaire (Pezophaps solitaria) became extinct c 1761; and the Reunion solitaire (Ornithaptera solitaria) became extinct c 1715-1720. 'The Dodo and its Kindred' by Hugh Edwin Strickland (1811-1853) was published in London in 1848.
 

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