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Proof illustration of the birds of the Upper Amazon

Proof illustration of the birds of the Upper Amazon

Catalogue number: WP6/3/1/10

Proof illustration entitled Characteristic Birds of the Upper Amazon, South America, for Wallace's book The Geographical Distribution of Animals, dated 1876.

This proof illustration of the Characteristic Birds of the Upper Amazon, South America, was for Wallace's two-volume book published in 1876, called The Geographical Distribution of Animals, with a Study of the Relations of Living and Extinct Faunas and Elucidating the Past Changes of the Earth's Surface.

The illustration, originally drawn by J.B. Zwecker, is on a cardboard mount, labelled by Wallace with the common names of the animals shown. These include a trumpeter, umbrella bird, frilled-necked humming birds, crested toucan, curassows and a jaguar.

In the published book, the title was changed to A Scene on the Upper Amazon with some Characteristic Birds, appearing as Plate XV in volume 2.

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