Unique Vintage bird prints by Albin 1731

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Albin The Moor Buzzard
EAL259
$225
Sale Price: $115
Albin The Bird of Paradise
EAL263
$225
Sale Price: $115
Albin The Honey Buzzrd
EAL260
$225
Sale Price: $115
Albin The Wry-neck
EAL266
$215
Sale Price: $
105
Albin The Tree Creeper
EAL267
$215
Sale Price: $
105
Albin The Black Bullfinch
EAL273
$195
Sale Price: $95
Albin The Petteril
EAL268
$195
Sale Price: $95
Albin The Red Linnet
EAL269
$215
Sale Price: $
105
Albin The Black Lark
EAL270
$195
Sale Price: $95
     
Albin The Lesser Sea Swallow
EAL274
$195
Sale Price: $95
Albin The Dottrel
EAL275
$195
Sale Price: $95
Albin This Bird was shot by Mr. Oldham
in his garden at Eling
EAL276
$195
Sale Price: $95
Albin The Hen Summer Teal
EAL277
$195
Sale Price: $95
Albin The Weasel Coot
EAL278
$195
Sale Price: $95
Albin The Smew
EAL279
$215
Sale Price: $
105
Albin The Cock Summer Teal
EAL280
$215
Sale Price: $
105
Albin The French Teal Hen
EAL281
$195
Sale Price: $95
Albin The Tree Niddle or Female Stent
EAL282
$195
Sale Price: $95
Albin The Night Raven
EAL283
$225
Sale Price: $115
Albin The Lapwing Plover
EAL284
$245
Sale Price: $
125
Albin The Ruff
EAL285
$215
Sale Price: $
105
Albin The Green Plover
EAL289
$215
Sale Price: $
105
Albin The Sanderling
EAL290
$195
Sale Price: $95
Albin The Barker
EAL291
$195
Sale Price:
SOLD
Albin The Small Water Hen
EAL292
$195
Sale Price:$95
Albin The French Teal
EAL293
$215
Sale Price: $
105
Albin The Portugal Dove
EAL294
$195
Sale Price: $95
Albin The White China Pheasant
EAL295
$225
Sale Price: $115
Albin The China Pheasant, old repair upper left corner
EAL296
SOLD
Albin The Mountain Hen from Moscovia
EAL297
$225
Sale Price: $115
Albin The Mountain Cock from Moscovia
EAL298
$225
Sale Price: $115
Albin Goatsucker or Churn Owl
EAL301
$215
Sale Price: $
105
Albin The Jack Daw
EAL302
$225
Sale Price: $115
Albin The Mistle Bird
EAL303
$215
Sale Price: $
105
Albin The Wood Cock
EAL304
$215
Sale Price: $
105
Albin The Double Eared Bat
EAL305
$215
Sale Price: $
105
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Unique Vintage bird prints by Albin 1731

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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