Albin Mallard Duck, Pochard, Widgeon, Sea Pheasant Bird Prints

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Albin The Cock Goosander
EAL214
$245
Sale Price: $
125
Albin The Mallard
EAL215
$245
Sale Price: $
125
Albin The Pochard or great red headed Wigeon
EAL216
$245
Sale Price:
SOLD
Albin Upgright Duck
EAL217
$225
Sale Price: $115
Albin The Hook bill'd Drake
EAL218
$195
Sale Price: $95
Albin The Hook bill'd Duck
EAL219
$195
Sale Price:  $95
Albin The Widgeon
EAL220
$195
Sale Price:  $95
Albin The Goosander
EAL221
$225
Sale Price: $115
Albin The Sea Pheasant Hen
EAL222
$195
Sale Price:  $95
Albin The Sea Pheasant or Pintail
EAL226
$215
Sale Price: $
105
Albin The Ganser
EAL227
$195
Sale Price:  $95
Albin The Greater Sea Swallow
EAL228
$225
Sale Price: $115
Albin Land Rail
EAL229
$195
Sale Price: $95
Albin The Wild Goose
EAL230
$215
Sale Price: $
105
Albin The Wild Duck
EAL224
$215
Sale Price: $
105
Albin The Brandt Goose
EAL223
$225
Sale Price: $115
Albin The Madagasker Duck
EAL233
SOLD
Albin The Cormorant
EAL234
$225
Sale Price: $115
Albin The Black Crested Duck
EAL235
$215
Sale Price: $
105
Albin The Cock Greenland Dove
EAL236
$215
Sale Price: $
105
Albin The Greenland Dove or Sea Turtle
EAL237
$215
Sale Price: $
105
Albin The Cloven-Footed Gull
EAL238
$195
Sale Price:  $95
Albin The Great Gray Gull
EAL239
$215
Sale Price: $
105
Albin The Brown Gull
EAL240
$215
Sale Price: 
SOLD
Albin The Brown Headed Gull
EAL241
$195
Sale Price:  $95
Albin The White Web Footed Gull
EAL242
$215
Sale Price: $
105
Albin The Lesser Sea Cock Swallow
EAL243
$215
Sale Price: $
105
Albin The Cock Shoveler
EAL244
$225
Sale Price: $115
Albin The Sheldrake
EAL245
$225
Sale Price: $115
Albin Muscovy Duck
EAL246
$225
Sale Price: $115
Albin Muscovy Drake
EAL247
$225
Sale Price: $115
Albin The Guillemot from Green-land
EAL248
$225
Sale Price: $115
Albin The Bald Coot
EAL249
$225
Sale Price: $115
Albin The Olive
EAL250
$225
Sale Price: $115
Albin The Canada Goose
EAL251
$225
Sale Price: $115
Albin The Great Black & White Gull
EAL252
$225
Sale Price: $115
Albin The Cormorant or Shagg
EAL253
$225
Sale Price: $115
Albin The Golden Eye
EAL254
$225
Sale Price: $115
Albin The Titt Lark
EAL258
$195
Sale Price:  $95
Albin The Wood Lark
EAL256
$195
Sale Price:  $95
Albin The Pippit or Small Lark
EAL257
$195
Sale Price:  $95
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Albin Mallard Duck, Pochard, Widgeon, Sea Pheasant Bird Prints

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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