George Edwards Natural History of Uncommon Birds Parrot Prints 1743

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Title Page (3 Prints)
EDB1 $
Title Page
Tilte Page (2 Prints)
EDB3 $115
Title Page (3 Prints)
EDB4 $125
Title Page (2 Prints)
EDB5 $115
Title Page (2 Prints)
EDB6 $115
Dusky Parrot, America
EDB10 $315
Greater Cockatoo, Asia
EDB7 $295
Golden-crowned Parrakeet, American West Indies
EDB22 $315
Long-tailed Scarlet Lory, Borneo
EDB13 $345
Scarlet Lory, East Indies
EDB14 $345
Second Black-capped Lory, East Indies
EDB15 $345
Red and Blue Macaw, Scarlet Macaw, South America
EDB19 $345
White-Headed Parrot, East Indies
EDB17 $295
Blue and Yellow Macaw
EDB21 $345
The Little Green and Red Long Tailed Parrakeet
EDB28 $295
Lory Parrakeet, West Indies
EDB29 $295
The Black Parrot from Madagascar
EDB30 $315
Brasilian Green Parrot
EDB31 $295
Green and Red Parrot from China
EDB32 $295
The Hawk Headed Parrot from the East Indies
EDB33 $315
Lesser Green Parrot, West Indies
EDB34 $275
Blue-faced Green Parrot
EDB35 $275
Great Green Parrot from the West Indies
EDB36 $275
Ring & Blue Headed Parrokeet
 from the East Indies
Smallest Red and Green Parrakeet
EDB43 $225
 Sapphire-Crowned Parrakeet from Sumatra,
 Golden-Winged Parrakeet
EDB42 $275
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George Edwards Natural History of Uncommon Birds Parrot Prints 1743

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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