George Edwards 1743 Heron, Crane, Pelican, Penguin Prints

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Ash-Colour'd Heron from North America
EDB85 $275
Crowned Heron
EDB86 $265
Great White Crane from North America
EDB87
$275
Brown Crane
EDB88
SOLD
Greater Indian Crane
EDB89 $195
Numidian Crane
EDB90
SOLD
The Man Of War Bird and the Chinese Fish
EDB97
SOLD
The Albatross
EDB94 $165
The Artic, Tropic Bird
EDB99 $155
Small Black & White Divers
EDB100 $145
Anas Arctica, the Puffin
Alca Hoieri, the Razor Bill Auk
EDB101 $175
Eared or Horned Dob-Chick of Hudson Bay
EDB102 $195
Greater America Godwit
EDB103 $175
White Godwit from Hudson's Bay
EDB104
SOLD
Red Breasted Godwit
EDB105 $165
Brasilian Water-hen of Marcgraue
EDB106 $155
The Porphiryo or Purple Water-hen
EDB107 $155
The Lesser Ibis and the Animal Plant,
both from the West Indies
EDB108 $155
The Whimbrel. Aquata minor
EDB109 $145
The Bittern from Hudson Bay
EDB110 $1595
Red-Billed Whistling Duck
EDB111 $145
Speckled Diver or Loon
EDB112 $145
The Greenland Dove
EDB113 $145
The Red-Throated Loon from Greenland
EDB114 $145
Chinese Teal
EDB115 $155
The Penguin
EDB92 $175
Red Breseted Goosander, Newfoundland
EDB117 $155
Spotted Petrel
EDB118 $145
The Great Black Duck from Hudson's Bay
EDB119 $165
All Green Hummingbird, Greater Dobchick from the Lake of Geneve, Round Crested Duck of Catesby
EDB120 $175
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George Edwards 1743 Heron, Crane, Pelican, Penguin 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.”


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