Fantail Greeting Card, Buller's BirdsAntique Print Gallery
This greeting card features the Black and Pied Fantails from the 2nd Edition of Sir Walter Buller's History of the Birds of New Zealand, published in 1888.
Sir Walter Buller, NZC, KCMG, FRS (1838–1906) was a New Zealand magistrate and held a variety of judicial posts in New Zealand. He also had a passionate interest in New Zealand birds. In 1872, the first edition of his History of the Birds of New Zealand was published with 36 hand-coloured lithographs.
The second edition was an expanded version and appeared in two volumes with 48 chromolithographs.
The artist for both editions was the Dutchman John Gerrard Keulemans, who was a leading artist and lithographer of the late nineteenth century.
The card is printed on art quality white card and is blank inside. The folded size is 105mm x 148mm. It includes a tropical seal envelope.