George Edwards Bird Prints 1745

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The Blue Jay from the East Indies
EDB273 $165
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The Gree-Pie from the East Indies
EDB274
Reg. Price: $155
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The Yellow Starling
EDB275
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Fork-Tailed Butcher Bird
EDB276
Reg. Price: $155
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Purple Martin of America
EDB277
Reg. Price: $195
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The black and white crested bird of Paradise
EDB278
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The Touraco
EDB279
Reg. Price: $145
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Loxia the Cross-bill, Male and Female
EDB272
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The Brown & Spotted Cuckow
EDB281
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The Hen Peacock Pheasant
EDB282
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The Wall-creeper of Surinam,
Great Swallow-tailed Butterfly from China
EDB283
Reg. Price: $155
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The Wall-creeper or Spider-catcher
EDB284
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The Spotted Woodpecker
EDB285
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The Great Spotted Cuckow
EDB286
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The black and white Butcher-bird from Surinam,
and a Small Butterfly from China
EDB287
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The Greater Bullfinch Hen, North America
EDB288
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Birds from Jamaica
EDB270
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The Pigeon
EDB290
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The Chinese Quail and the Guernsey Lizard
EDB291
Reg. Price: $155
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The Mock-Bird
EDB292
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The Schomburger
EDB293
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Red-breasted Black-bird from Surinam
EDB294
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Beaks of Exotic Birds, Hornbills,
from Carolina and the East Indies
EDB295
Reg. Price: $125
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Short-tailed Pie from the East Indies,
Elephant-beetle from the West Indies
EDB296
Reg. Price: $145
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Three-toed Wood Pecker, Hudson's Bay
EDB297
Reg. Price: $165
Sale Price: $105
Lesser Tringa and Pine Creeper from Pensilvania
EDB298
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Yellow-ringed Pie, and the great Locust
EDB299
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The Horned Pheasant
EDB300
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The Long Tailed Grous, Hudson's Bay
EDB301
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The Francolin
EDB302
Reg. Price: $155
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The Black and Spotted Heath Cock, Hudson's Bay
EDB303
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The White Partridge, Hudson's Bay
EDB304
Reg. Price: $175
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A Species of the Heath-cock, or Grous, from Pensilvania, where it is called a Pheasant
EDB305
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The Little Grous from Alleppo where it is called Kata
EDB306
Reg. Price: $155
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The Brown & Spotted Heathcock, Hudson's Bay
EDB307
Reg. Price: $155
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Otis Minor, Canne-Petiere, the field Duck
EDB308
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George Edwards Bird Prints 1745

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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