George Edwards Bird Prints from Seligmann Edition

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Parus Surinamensis vertice
EDS162 $145
Fringilla ventre caeruleo
EDS163 $145
Hummingbid, Icterus minor, Rubecula viridis,
Physalis ramosissima, Alkekengi indicum
EDS164 $145
Oenanthe fulva
EDS165 $155
Kingfisher, Ispidae minores Indicae
EDS166 $155
Passer sinensis fulvus
EDS167 $145
Avis mellivora, macroura, capite negro, Butterfly
EDS168 $145
Avis mellivora viridis, macroura, Butterflies
EDS169 $155
Fringilla Africana macroura
EDS170 $135
Ruticilla minor Americana
EDS171 $135
Passer gutture albo, Butterflies
EDS172 $145
Muscicapa aureis, Papilio testudinarius maculatus
EDS173 $145
Rubicilla fusca major
EDS174 $135
Passer Bengalensis capite flavo
EDS175 $145
Cardueli affinis viridis, Butterfly, margin tight on left side
EDS176 $125
Muscicapa subfusco-viridis,
Papilio Chinensis luteus Butterfly
EDS177 $135
Alauda Pensilvanica, Papilio fuscus Butterfly
EDS178 $145
Chloris Indicus
EDS179 $145
Certhia fusca minor
EDS180 $145
Avis mellivora ventre albo
Certhia minor ex albo nigro
EDS182 $135
Avis mellivora minor cristata, hummingbird and nest
EDS183 $145
Parus aureus and coeruleus
EDS184 $135
Avis mellivora minor gutture, hummingbird nest and egg
EDS185 $145
Certhiae Indicae purpureae
EDS186 $145
Avis mellivora major rubra, Hummingbird
EDS187 $145
Mellivora pectore rubro, Mus avellanarum minor
EDS188 $135
Avis mellivora ventre nigro
EDS189 $145
Ruticilla dorso cinereo
EDS190 $135
Avicula lutea vertice rubro
EDS191 $135
Ruticilla gutture caeruleo
EDS192 $135
Fringillago viridis capite rubro
EDS193 $135
Rubecula dorso caeruleo
EDS194 $135
Certhia Surinamensis caerula,
Parus niger capite fulvo
EDS195 $135
Merula pectore rubro
EDS196 $135
Parus dorso coeruleo, Parus rubus et niger, no text
EDS197 $135
Coccothraustes malaccensis Jacarini,
Papilio parvus luteus Butterfly
EDS198 $135
Regulus cristatus, Trochilus antiquorum,
Vespa ichneumon Virginica
EDS199 $135
Turtus vertice aureo, Muscicapa coerulea
EDS200 $135
Linaria angolensis
Fringilla tricolor Mexicensis, Eaden coloribus, margin tight on left
EDS202 $135
Rubicilla fusca minima, Parus niger et fulvus
EDS203 $135
Avicula torquata, Carduelis viridis
EDS204 $135
Muscicapa viridis, capite negro
EDS205 $135
Parus viridis maculatus, Muscicapa cinerea et lutea, no text
EDS206 $115
Fringilla tricolor
EDS207 $135
Ficedula tertia
EDS208 $135
Muscicapa viridis gutture nigro, Certhia et alba
EDS209 $135
Fuscinia fusco luteo varia, margin tight on left
EDS210 $115
Passer luteo nigroque varius, Passer Brasiliensis
EDS211 $135
Muscicapa gutture rubro
EDS212 $125
Lanius minimus
EDS213 $135
Muscicapa Indica viridis
EDS214 $125
Muscicapa cauda lutea, Muscicapa lutea maculata
EDS215 $125
Hirundo caerula Canadensis, margin tight on left
EDS216 $115
Bird of Paradise, Manucodiata major
Mesembryanthemum articulis, margin tight on left
EDS217 $115
Montifringilla major Canadensis,
Euphorbium heptagonum Cactus, margin tight on left
EDS218 $115
Rubicilla America Willughby, Virginianus pyracanthae
EDS219 $165
Blue Jay, Pica Glandaria Carolinensis, Muscicapa rubra
EDS220 $165
Garrulus Carolinensis
EDS221 $165
Lanius cauda forcipata
EDS222 $135
Parus coeruleus pectore purpureo, Manakin
EDS223 $135
Coccothraustes sinensis
EDS224 $135
Cuculus fulvus maculatus
EDS225 $135
Merula rosea
EDS226 $135
Cuculus indicus niger
EDS227 $115
Caryocatactes nucifraga
EDS228 $135
Loxia, Crossbill
EDS229 $115
Lanius collurio Surinamensis, margin tight on left
EDS230 $115
Turdus parvus
EDS231 $115
Tringa maculata, Certhia pinus, no text
EDS232 $115
Avis bonanae minor
EDS233 $135
Muscicapa aureo vertice
EDS234 $115
Coccothraustes sinensis
EDS235 $125
Passer montanus
EDS236 $125
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Seligmann Edwards Bird Prints Bird 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.”

(References include: Fine Bird Books 1700-1900, pg. 93 and Dictionary of Bird Artists of the World, pg. 232)

These prints are in excellent condition with the ORIGINAL hand coloring still very vivid and vibrant, with no oxidation of colors. The paper is strong & chain-lined and light creamy in color, with strong plate marks and some watermarking. There is very little to no foxing, and it is almost all marginal. Most prints are named, dated & signed in the plate by the hand of Edwards himself. Each print measures 9 inches wide by 11 1/4 inches long. The condition is superb for a work that is about 270 years old. This set is the most complete we have ever had & it is a great please to view prints we have never before seen.

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