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Wild Swan
Cygnus ferus
Tight margin on left
EDS4
$165
Sale Price:
SOLD
Crowned Heron
Grus cristata Africana
EDS20
$225
Sale Price: $135
White Godwit from Hudson's Bay
Totanus Canadensis
Tight margin on right
EDS6
$145
Sale Price: $85
Great Horned Owl
Otus Americanus
EDS7
$245
Sale Price: $145
Snowy Owl
Aluco albus diurnus
EDS8
$245
Sale Price: $145
Horned Owl from Athens
Bubo magnus cornutus
Tight margin on right
EDS9
$225
Sale Price:
SOLD
Northern Goshawk, Canada
Pygargus Accipiter Canadensis
EDS67
$165
Sale Price: $95
Speckled Diver or Loon
Colymbus Canadensis Arcticus
EDS19
$115
Sale Price: $65
Grosbeak, Canada
Rubicilla maxima Canadensis
EDS69
$215
Sale Price: $125
The Black Parrot from Madagascar
Psittacus niger Madagascariensis
EDS11
$245
Sale Price: $145
Swallow-Tail'd Kingfisher
Ispida Surinamensis, binis plumnis in cauda longissimis
EDS48
$185
Sale Price: $110
Bengal Thrush
Sturnus luteus Bengalensis
EDS65
$145
Sale Price: $85
The Albatros
Albatoca maxima
EDS13
$145
Sale Price: $85
Black & White Pheasant Pair
Phasianus sinensis
EDS3
$175
Sale Price: $105
American Pelican
Onocrotalus Americanus
EDS14
$225
Sale Price: $135
Penguins
Penguines ex Oceane Australi, pedibus nigers
EDS16
$195
Sale Price: $115
Penguin arcticus
EDS17
$195
Sale Price: $115
Black & White Dobchick
Podicipes albus et fulcus
EDS18
$125
Sale Price: $75
Black Falcon
SGE7
$175
Sale Price: $105
Hupe Hummingbird, Nest & Butterflies
SGE73
$175
Sale Price: $105
Great Black Petrel
Petrella magna susca
EDS24
$125
Sale Price: $75
White-tailed Eagle
SGE1
$175
Sale Price: $105
King of the Vultures
SGE3
$195
Sale Price: $115
Falcon
SGE5
$175
Sale Price: $105
Kingfisher
SGE17
$165
Sale Price: $95
Long-Tailed Pigeon
SGE29
$145
Sale Price: $85
Madagascar Black Parrot
SGE9
$245
Sale Price: $145
Great Indes Crane
SGE89
$195
Sale Price:
SOLD
Brindled Dove
SGE31
$145
Sale Price: $85
Penguin
SGE97
$225
Sale Price: $135
Tringa
SGE91
$125
Sale Price: $75
Sand Martin or Bank Swallow
SGE53
$175
Sale Price: $105
Phasianus Brasiliensis
SGE25
$125
Sale Price: $75
Green & Blue Hummingbirds
SGE69
$175
Sale Price: $105
Chinese Black Starling
SGE37
$175
Sale Price: $105
Ruticilla gutture caeruleo
SGE55
$175
Sale Price: $105
Flycatchers
SGE49
$175
Sale Price: $105
Blue Red-Breast
SGE47
$175
Sale Price: $105
Red-headed Green Finch
SGE45
$145
Sale Price: $85
     
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Seligmann Edwards Bird Prints

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."

In 1749-1776, Johann Michael Seligmann, a German engraver re-engraved these George Edwards plates, as well as many by Mark Catesby plates for the "Sammlung Verschiedener Auslandischer un Seltener Vogel" published in Nurenberg. In some cases, botanical and scenic backgrounds were added for superb decorative effect.

(References include Fine Bird Books, p.93, Dictionary of Bird Artist p.431, Nissen, IVB 859, Nissen, SVB 455.)

It is from the Nuremberg, 1768-1776 French Seligmann edition that we are pleased to present these plates in excellent condition. There is very little foxing on the plates and the strong chain lined watermarked paper is a beautiful light creamy color. The ORIGINAL hand coloring is very vibrant & the paper has a rare, silky quality to it. Each print is folio in size, measuring approximately 9 ½ inches by 15 inches, with a few having tight margins on one side, as shown. Most prints are accompanied by a copy of the beautiful title page and a copy of the French descriptive text when available. This work is 250 years old and it is rare indeed to find these very scarce prints in such good condition.


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