Original Albin Song Birds, Perching Birds

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Albin Green Finch
EAL111 $225
Albin Fig-Eater, Ficedula cannabina
EAL81 $245
Albin Brambling, Montifringilla
EAL82 $255
Albin Long-tailed Titmouse, Crested Titmouse, Parus Caudatus and Cristatus
EAL83 $255
Albin Nightingale, Luscinia
EAL87 $235
Albin Redpols Cock and Hen
EAL88 $255
Albin Bleu head Tom titt, Mesange Nonete, Blue Tit
EAL89 $265
Albin Siskin or Abadavine
EAL90 $235
Albin Amadauads Cock and Hen
EAL91 $245
Albin Redstart, Rebecula
Albin Crested Wren, Common Wren,
Beoulus Cristatus and Regulus
EAL93 $225
Albin Stone Chatter, Rubetra
EAL94 $225
Albin Long Tailed Humming Bird, Mango Bird
EAL95 $245
Albin Sedge Bird
EAL96 $225
Albin Black Cap and White Throat
EAL97 $245
Albin Wheat Ear, Oenantha
EAL104 $195
Albin Cock and Hen Reed Sparrow
EAL99 $225
Albin Red Linnet Cock
EAL100 $225
Albin Lesser Butcher Bird Hen, Lanius Tertius
EAL101 $195
Albin Bengale Sparrow, Passer Bengalensis
EAL102 $225
Albin Yellow Hamer, Lutea Avis, Yellowhammer
EAL103 $225
Albin Bengal Bird
EAL105 $195
Albin China Bull-finch
EAL108 $225
Albin Canary Bird
EAL109 $245
Albin Bearded Manica from Juteland
EAL113 $195
Albin Swallow Goldfinch, Canarie Goldfinch
EAL114 $245
Albin Sparrow from the Cape of Good Hope
EAL115 $195
Albin Chaffinch, Fringilla
EAL116 $245
Albin Bullfinch, Rubicilli
EAL117 $245
Albin Bullfinch, Rubicilla
EAL118 $225
Albin Oxeye Titmouse, Mesange
EAL119 $245
Albin House Sparrow, Passer Domestica
EAL120 $245
Albin Goldfinch, Luteola
EAL121 $255
Albin Lesser Butcher-Bird, Lanius tertius
EAL122 $225
Albin Red Headed Sparrow
EAL112 $225
Albin House Swallow, Hirundo domestica
EAL124 $245
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Original Albin Song Birds, Perching Birds

We are very pleased to offer these original copper plate engravings by Eleazar Albin the 1st English edition of The Natural History of Birds. This is the rarest and most highly prized of Albin’s works as it was hand coloured entirely by Albin and his daughter, Elizabeth. There were only 89 sets published, and we have linked the list of original subscribers below. It was a monumental undertaking seen only a few times in the history of natural history works and compares with the illustration of 60 editions of The Birds of Great Britain, with their Eggs by William Lewin and his sons and the colouring of 100 copies of Birds of America by Rex Brasher.

The Title Page of the publication reads, "Published by the Author Eleazar Albin, and carefully colour'd by his Daughter and Self, from the Originals, drawn from the live Birds."

The Names of the Subscribers can be viewed by clicking here.

Albin was a German professional painter who settled in England in 1707, where he married and raised a family, changing his name from Weiss to Albin. He illustrated works on insects and spiders, earning his living by making watercolors of the collections of wealthy patrons, including Sir Hans Sloane, whose collection founded the British Museum. His work on birds was done late in his life & was the first large English work on ornithology, hand-colored by Albin and his daughter Elizabeth & published initially in London from 1731-1738.

In Albin's notes to the reader he states "As for the paintings, they are all done from the life, with all the Exactness I could either with my own hand, or my daughters, whom I have taught to draw and paint after the life." As was the custom with many other works of the day, it was sold by subscription. Ref: Dictionary of Bird Artist, p132.

Each print measures approximately 9 inches by 11 1/4 inches with wonderful copperplate style descriptions on the bottom of the page. The paper is creamy, strong and chain-lined, with some watermarks. We have made some allowances for condition as it is from such a historical early set hand coloured by Eleazer and Elizabeth Albin. There is little foxing, but some toning of the paper and some slight offset. Unusual for Albin, the margins are intact except in a few cases and the plate marks present and strong. There is an accompanying copy of the title page, and either the original or facsimile descriptive text as it was printed back to back.

The hand coloring is exactly as the master wished, since he did it himself, some 250 years old, and it could not be more exceptional to know that each print has been touched by his hand, or his daughters’. Popular from the initial publication, attracting almost 100 subscribers, it is no less beloved today. There is an endearing & engaging quality to these illustrations that resemble the folk art of later times and we are delighted to offer this rare treasure to our buyers.

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