George Edwards 1743 Heron, Crane, Pelican, Penguin Prints

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Laughing Goose
EDB121 $145
Canada Goose
The Blue-winged Goose
EDB123 $145
The Coot Footed Tringa
EDB124 $135
Long-tailed Duck from Newfoundland,
Black-crested Spur-winged Plover
EDB125 $145
Black & White Dobchick
EDB126 $125
The Artic-bird
EDB127 $125
Little Black & White Duck
EDB128 $125
Great Black & White Duck
EDB129 $125
The Spotted Plover from North America
EDB130 $125
Dusky & Spotted Duck
EDB131 $125
Cock Tringa
EDB132 $125
The Knot, Canuti regis avis, Hudson Bay
EDB133 $125
The Turnstone from Hudson's Bay
EDB134 $125
Little America Water Hen
EDB135 $125
The Spur-winged Water Hen
The Whistling Duck
EDB137 $125
The Plover from Bengal
EDB138 $115
Red Tringa, Hudson Bay
EDB139 $115
The American Water Rail
EDB140 $115
The Little Bittern from Alleppo
Guillemot, and the Puffin of the Isle of Man
EDB142 $145
Great Black Petrel
EDB143 $125
The Grey Coot-footed Tringa
EDB144 $115
Long Tailed Duck, Hudson Bay
EDB145 $115
Grey Headed Duck, Hudson Bay
EDB146 $115
Mountain Partridge
EDB147 $115
Brown & White Duck, Hudson Bay
EDB148 $115
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George Edwards 1743 Heron, Crane, Pelican, Penguin Prints

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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