• Koustrup & Co. Cardfolder - Hummingbirds (8 assorted cards)

    Koustrup & Co. Cardfolder - Hummingbirds (8 assorted cards)


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    Koustrup & Co. Cardfolder - Hummingbirds (8 assorted cards) Description:

    Cardfolder with 8 different greeting card designs and 8 envelopes measuring 4"x 5.75"

    From inside cover: 
    John Gould (1804-1881) was an English ornithologist and bird artist. He published a number of monographs on birds, illustrated by plates that he produced with the assistance of his wife, Elizabeth Gould.  The young Gould started training as a gardener. Later he became an expert in the art of taxidermy and became the first curator and preserver at the museum of the Zoological Society of London in 1827. 

    Throughout his professional life Gould had a strong interest in hummingbirds.  He accumulated a collection of 320 species, which he exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851. Despite his interest, Gould had never seen a live hummingbird. In May 1857 he traveled to the United States and in Bartram's Gardens in Philadelphia, he finally saw his first live one, a Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Gould published more than 3,000 fantastic plates, some of them in A Monograph of the Trochilidae or Humming-Birds with 360 plates (1849-61)