George Edwards Original Copperplate Engravings 1743

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Manakin, Small Birds from Surinam
EDB149
Reg. Price: $185
Sale Price: $125
Lilio Narcissus, The Bluebelly Finch
EDB150
Reg. Price: $195
Sale Price: $135
Hoopoe Hen, Blue Creeper, Surinam
EDB151
Reg. Price: $145
Sale Price: $95
Blue Creeper from Surinam, Manakin
EDB155
Reg. Price: $145
Sale Price:
$95
Red Breasted Long Tailed Finch
EDB174
Reg. Price: $155
Sale Price: $99
Black & Yellow Creeper, America Hedge Sparrow
EDB154
Reg. Price: $155
Sale Price: $99
Crested Hummingbird
EDB161
Reg. Price: $165
Sale Price: $105
The Creeper from the East Indies
EDB176
Reg. Price: $145
Sale Price: $95
Purple Indian Creeper,  East Indies
EDB164
Reg. Price: $145
Sale Price: $95
American Nightingale, Green Hummingbird
EDB170
Reg. Price: $145
Sale Price: $95
Black or Dusky Sparrow, Cock and Hen
EDB183
Reg. Price: $165
Sale Price: $105
White-faced Manakin, Ruby-crested Hummingbird,
both from the West Indies
EDB172
Reg. Price: $155
Sale Price: $99
Mountain Sparrows, Pennsylvania
EDB179
Reg. Price: $175
Sale Price: $115
Red Wheat Ear
EDB180
Reg. Price: $175
Sale Price: $115
Butcher Bird
EDB181
Reg. Price: $155
Sale Price: $99
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George Edwards Original Copperplate Engravings 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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