Mark Catesby Original Bird Prints Seligmann 1768 edition

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The Goat-Sucker of Carolina
SLC58 $255
The Purple Jack-Daw
Monedula Purpurea
SLC59 $245
The Cut Water
Laurus Major Rostro inaequali top margin tight
SLC60 $225
Larus major
SLC61 $245
The Red-bellied Wood-pecker, The Hairy Wood-pecker, The Black Oak; Pica Ventre rubro; Picus medius quasi villosus; Quercus (forte) Marilandica, folia trifido ad sassasras accedente
SLC62 $265
The Yellow-bellied Wood-pecker, The Smallest Spotted Wood-pecker, The White Oak, The White Oak with pointed Notches; Picus Varius Minor Ventre Luteo; Picus Varius Minimus; Quercus alba Virginiana; Quercus Caroliniensis, virentibus venis muricata; Syringa baccifera
The White-crown'd Pigeon, The Cocoa Plum; Columba Capite Albo; Frutex Cotini, fere folio, crasso, in summitate deliquium patiente, fructu ovali caeruleo, ossiculum angulosum continente
SLC64 $245
Turdur minor cinereo-albus non maculatus
SLC65 $245
The Little Hawk
Accipiter Minor
SLC66 $245
SLC67 $245
The Pigeon Hawk
Accipiter Palumbarius
SLC68 $245
The Rice-Bird, Rice
Hortulanus Caroliniensis, Oriza remargined at top
SLC69 $175
The Blue-Wing Teal
Querquidula Americana Fusca
SLC70 $245
Anas Christatus top margin tight
SLC71 $175
The White-Face Teal
Querquedula Americana Variegata
SLC72 $245
Hirundo cauda aculeata Americana
Lilium angustifolium flore rubro singulari top margin tight
SLC73 $145
The Hooping Crane, The Bullet-Bush; Grus Americana Alba;
Prunus Buxi folio cordato, fructu nigro rotundo remargined at top
SLC74 $225
Great Blue Heron, Spotted Salamander, Insects
Ardea cristata maxima Americana, tigh ton top
SLC74A $225
The Canada Goose, Chrysanthemum; Anser Canadensis;
Chrysanthemum Bermudense Leucoii foliis virentibus crossis
SLC75 $245
The Blue Bird; Rubicula Americana Caerulea;
Smilax non spinosa, humilis, folio Aristolochiae, baccis rubris
SLC80 $265
The Cuckow of Carolina, The Chinkapin; Cuculus Caroliniensis; Castanea pumila Virginiana, fructu racemato parvo in singulis capsulis echinatis unico
SLC76 $245
The Ilanthera Duck; Anas Bahamensis rostro plumbeo, macula Aurantii coloris; Chrysanthemum Bermudense Leucoii foliis virentibus crassis
top margin tight
SLC77 $245
The Noddy
Hirundo Marina Minor Capite Albo
SLC78 $245
The Turkey Buzzard
Buteo, specie Gallo-Pavonis
SLC79 $245
The Pine-Creeper, The Purple-Berried Bay; Parus Americanus Lutescens; Ligustrum Lauri folio, fructu violaceo, remargined left side
SLC81 $245
The Finch-Creeper; Parus Fringillaris; Frutex, Padi foliis non serratis, floribus monopetalis albis, campani-formibus, fructu crasso tetragono
SLC82 $245
The Yellow Titmouse, The Red Bay; Parus luteus; Mesange jaune, remargined left side
SLC83 $245
The purple Finch, The Tupelo Tree; Fringilla Purpurea; Arbor in aqua nascens; foliis latis, acuminatis & non dentatis, fructu Eleagni minore
SLC84 $245
The Yellow Breasted Chat, Solanum; Oenanthe Americana Pectore Luteo; Solanum triphyllon flore hexapetalo tribus petalis purpureis erectis caeteris viridibus reflexis, remargined on right
SLC85 $225
The Blue Linnet, Solanum; Linaria Caerulea; Solanum triphyllon; flore hexapetalo, carneo, tight margin left side
SLC86 $245
Parus cucullo nigro
Arbor in aqua nascens
SLC87 $245
The Crested Fly-Catcher, Smilax; Muscicapa Cristata Ventre Luteo; Smilax Bryoniae nigrae foliis caule spinoso, baccis nigris, tigh ton left
SLC88 $195
The Blackcap Fly-catcher, The Yellow Jessamy; Muscicapa Nigrescens; Gelseminum, sive Jasminum luteum odoratum Virginianum scandens, semper virens, remargined left side
SLC89 $215
The Ground-Dove; Turtur Minimus Guttatus; Zanthoxylum spinosum, Lentisci, longioribus foliis, remargined on left
SLC90 $225
The Purple Gross-beak, The Poison Wood
Coccothraustes Purpurea, Toxicodendron foliis alatis
SLC91 $245
The Bahama Finch, The Broad Leafed Guaiacum with Blue Flowers; Fringilla Bahamensis; Arbor Guaiaci latiore folio; Bignoniae flore caeruleo; fructu duro, in duas partes disiliente; seminibus alatis, imbricatim positis,remargined left side
SLC92 $225
The America Goldfinch, Acacia; Carduelis Americanus; Acacia Abruae foliis, triacanthos, capsula ovali, unicum semen claudente
SLC93 $245
Alavda gutture flavo; Gramen Myloicophorum Oxyphyllon Carolinianum, tight on left
The Crested Titmouse, The Upright Honeysuckle; Parus Cristatus; Cistus Virginiana, flore & odore Periclymeni
SLC95 $245
The Tyrant, Sassasfras; Muscicapa Corona Rubra; Cornus mas odorata, folio trifido margine plano
SLC96 $245
The Little Black Bullfinch, The Fringe Tree; Rubicilla Minor Nigra; Amelanchior Virginiana, Lauro cerasi folio, remargined left side
SLC97 $215
The Little Brown Fly-catcher, The Red-ey'd Fly-catcher; Muscicapa Fusca; Muscicapa Oculis Rubris; Arbor lauri folio, floribus ex foliorum, alis pentapetalis, pluribus staminibus donatis, tight margin right side
SLC98 $215
The Cat-Bird; Muscicapa Vertice Nigro; Alni folia Americana serrata, floribus pentapetalis albis, in spicam dispositis
SLC99 $245
The Snow Bird, Broom-Rape, Toad-stool; Passer Nivalis; Orobanche Virginiana; flore pentapetalo, cernuo; Fungoides capitulo intorto, remargined left side
SLC100 $195
The Turtle of Carolina, The May Apple; Turtur Carolinensis; Anapodophyllon Canadense Morini
SLC101 $265
The Soree; Gallinula Americana; Gentiana Virginiana, Saponariae folio, flore caeruleo longiore
SLC102 $245
The Yellow-rump, The Lilly-Leaf'd Hellebore, Dogs-Bane; Parus Uropygeo Luteo; Helleborine Lilii folio caulem ambiente, flore unico hexapetalo, tribus petalis longis, angustis obscure purpureis, caeteris brevioribus roseis; Apocynum Scandens folio, cordato flore albo
SLC103 $195
The Turn-Stone or Sea-Dottrel; Morinellus Marinus; Arbor maritima, foliis conjugatis pyriformibus apice in summitate instructis, floribus, racemosis luteis
SLC104 $245
The Chattering Plover, The Sorrel-Tree; Pluvialis Vociferus; Frutex foliis oblongis acuminatis, floribus spicatis universo dispositis
The Great Booby; Anseri Bassano congener Avis fluviatalis; An Thymelaea foliis obtusis
SLC106 $195, remargined left side
The Wood Pelican
Pelicanus Americanus
SLC107 $245
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Mark Catesby Original Bird Prints Seligmann 1768 edition

Mark Catesby (1683-1749) was an Englishman of prosperous background who became known as the father of American Ornithology. His rare and beautiful work The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and Bahama islands 1748-1754 was published in London in two folio volumes of 11 parts each consisting of 20 plates, at a cost of two guineas a part. It was the first work to depict the flora & fauna of the new world. Catesby based this monumental work on his two lengthy sojourns in America, first from 1712-1719, staying with his sister Elizabeth & her husband Dr. William Cockle in Williamsburg, Virginia. The second visit was from 1722 to 1726. He returned to London equipped with a huge number of specimens from which he created the illustrations for this work. It took him 20 years to complete and as his funds were short he etched his own plates and even hand colored the first of the two volumes. The illustrations have an exuberance & expansiveness which has made them among the most beautiful and best loved prints of all times.

In 1749-1776, Johann Michael Seligmann, a German engraver re-engraved these Catesby plates, as well as many by George Edwards 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 of the Catesby prints 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 the occasional print having small margins on the gutter side, with some being remargined with original paper on one side as stated below the image. Most prints are accompanied by a copy of the beautiful title page and the original 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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