Edwards Monkey, Elephant, Turtle Engravings 1743

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Bill of Egyptian Ibis, Least Hummingbird,
Horned Beetles
EDB309 $145
Title Page
EDB310
SOLD
Great Bat of Madagascar and Sparrow of Paradise
EDB311 $145
Hand of a Boy with Common Service Berry
EDB312 $145
Man of Siberia
EDB313 $125
Sorbum, The Greater Sevuis or Apple Service
EDB314
SOLD
The little bush-tailed Monkey from Surinam
EDB324 $155
Drawn from a young Elephant, in London,
The female Rhinoceros, drawn from life in London
EDB316 $165
The Black Maucauco from Madagascar
EDB317 $145
St. Jago Monkey
EDB321 $145
Orangutan, The Satier, Sauage, Wild-man...
EDB322 $155
The Sloth
EDB323 $125
The little bush-tailed Monkey from Surinam
EDB324 $155
The Mongoose
EDB318 $155
The Little Lion Monkey from La Vera Cruz in New Spain
EDB326 $145
Pig-tailed Monkey of Sumatra
EDB327 $135
The Barbarian Squirrel
EDB328 $145
Little Ant-Eater
EDB333 $145
Indian Redstart and Flying Squirrel
EDB330 $145
Little Indian Pye and Ground Squirrel
EDB331 $145
The Small Mud Tortoise
EDB332 $155
Land-Tortoise from Carolina
EDB334 $165
Sea Turtle
EDB335 $145
African Land-Tortoise & Grey Lizard
EDB336
SOLD
Small Kingfisher of a Green and Orange colour,
Blue Lizard from the Island of Nevis
EDB337 $145
Three Small Bats
EDB338 $145
Indian Redstart & Thorn-tailed Indian Lizard
EDB339 $145
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Edwards Monkey, Elephant, Turtle Engravings 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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