George Edwards Natural History of Uncommon Birds Prints 1743

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Title Page (3 Prints)
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Title Page
EDB2
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Tilte Page (2 Prints)
EDB3
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Title Page (3 Prints)
EDB4 $125
Title Page (2 Prints)
EDB5
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Title Page (2 Prints)
EDB6
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Long-tailed Scarlet Lory, Borneo
EDB13
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Scarlet Lory, East Indies
EDB14
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Second Black-capped Lory, East Indies
EDB15
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The Spotted Kings fisher from the West Indies
EDB70
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Greater Cockatoo, Asia
EDB7
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The Black Parrot from Madagascar
EDB30
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The Greatest Martin or Swift
EDB58
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Ash-Coloured Buzzard
EDB57
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Long-Tail'd Dove
EDB59
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The Black Hawk or Falcon from Hudson's Bay
EDB61
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Great Crowned Pigeon from the
Island of Banda in the East Indies
EDB47
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Swallow-Tail'd Kingfisher from Surinam
EDB60
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The Woodpecker from Jamaica
EDB71
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Little Black and Orange-colour'd Indian Hawk
EDB65
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Ring-Tail'd Hawk
EDB63
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A Dove from the East Indies
EDB82
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The Mituporanga of Marggravius (Curasso Bird)
and the Pauxi (Cushew Bird) of Nieremberg
EDB76
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Smallest Red and Green Parrakeet
EDB43
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The Brasilian Jacupema or Quan/Guan
EDB78
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The green winged Dove from the East Indies
EDB79
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The Nicobar Pigeon
EDB80
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Brown Indian Dove
EDB81
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The Mino or Minor, Greater and Less
EDB83
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Chinese Starling or Black-Bird
EDB84
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George Edwards Natural History of Uncommon Birds Prints 1743

We are delighted to offer a selection of bird prints from the increasingly rare & treasured A Natural History of Uncommon Birds (1743-1751) and Gleaning of Natural History (1758-1764) by George Edwards. Initially published as two separate works, they are now considered as one, with 362 plates in all, with 318 of birds & the balance of various mammals, fish & insects. It was heralded as the most important of all Bird Books, both from an artistic and an ornithological perspective, and time has certainly not dimmed either its luster or appeal.

George Edwards was an English draughtsman and a skilled observer of birds and one of the most prominent ornithologists of his day. He worked as Librarian to the Royal College of Physicians, where he was later elected a fellow, and was honored with the Gold Medal of the Royal Society. As the Librarian to the Royal College of Physicians, he oversaw a library of 8,000 volumes. The small honorarium he received for this post liberated him to pursue his ornithological studies and drawings. He died in West Ham, which was also his birthplace, in 1773.

Natural History and Gleanings was illustrated for the first time many foreign species often drawn from live specimens held in captivity in London. Edwards etched his own plates and then hand colored several copies before supervising others in the coloring. The result is a work of superb skill and breathtaking color that remains ever popular and is now increasingly rare. Such was the impact of Natural History and Gleanings, that Edwards is considered to have almost single-handedly popularized the art of bird and animal illustration, and is thus known as “The Father of British Ornithology.”


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