Mark Catesby Natural History of Carolina Bird Prints 1768

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Passenger Pigeon EXTINCT
Palumbus migratorius, Quercus Esculi divisura, Oak
SLC2 $5
45
Thrush, Turdus viscivorus plumbeus
Terebinthus major betula cortice
SLC12 $245
Kingfisher, Ispida, Myrtus Brabanticea
SLC4 $
375
Osprey, Accipiter piscatorius
SLC5 $
325
Blue Jay, Pica glandaria caerula cristata, Smilax laevis
SLC6 $345
Red Wing Starling, Sturnus niger alis superne rubentibus, Myrtus Brabanticea
SLC7 $345
Duck, Anas Americanus cristatus elegans
SLC8
SOLD
Duck, Anas minor ex albo et fulco vario
Frutex Buxi foliis oblongis
SLC9 $245
Avis Tropicorum
Larus minimus marinus
SLC10 $245
Bald Eagle, Aquila capite albo
SLC11 $345
Larger Red-crested Wood-pecker
Pica niger maximus capite rubro
The Live Oak, Quercus sempervivens
foliis oblongis non sinuatis
SLC14
$395
The Swallow-Tail Hawk
Accipiter Cauda furcata
SLC30 $245
Ivory-Billed Woodpecker EXTINCT
Largest White-bill Woodpecker, The Willow Oak
Picus Maximus rostro albo; Quercus Anpotius; Ilex Marilandica, folio longo, angusto, salices
SLC16 $675
White Curlew, Numenius albus
Arum aquaticum minus
SLC17 $245
Brown Bittern
Ardea stellaris Americana, note left side remargined
SLC20 $225
Little White Heron, Ardea alba minor Carolinensis
Ketmia frutescens glauca, aceris majoris folio longiore, serrato, flore carneo
SLC19 $295
The Towhe Bird, The Cowpen Bird, The Black Poplar of Carolina; Passer Niger, Oculis Rubris; Passer Fuscus; Populus nigra, folio maximo, gemmis balsamum odoratissimum fundentibus
SLC27 $245
The Red Bird, The Hiccory Tree, The Pignut
Coccothraustes Rubra; Nux Juglans alba Virginiensis; Nux Juglans Carolinensis fructu minimo putamine levi remargined on left
SLC33 $245
The Bastard Baltimore, The Catalpa-Tree
Icterus Minor; Bignonia Urucu foliis flore sordide albo, intus maculis purpureis & luteis asperso, siliqua longissima & angustissima, margin tight on left
SLC26 $225
The Summer Red-Bird, The Western Plane-Tree
Muscicapa Rubra; Platanus Occidentalis
SLC35 $245
The Little Thrush, The Dahoon Holly
Turdus Minimus; Agrifolium Carolinense,
foliis dentatis baccis rubris
SLC45 $245
The Bahama Titmouse, The Seven Years Apple
Parus Bahamiensis; Arbor Jasmini, floribus albis
SLC37 $245
Pica luteo nigra varia
SLC38 $265
Alavda magna, Ornithogalum luteum parvum foliis gramineis glabris, margin tight on left
SLC39 $225
American Partridge, Attamusco Lily
Perdix sylvestris Virginiana, Lilio narcissus Virginiensis,  right margins tight
SLC40
SOLD
Bahama Sparrow, Plum Cat; Passerculus Bicolor Bahamiensis; Bignonia arbor pentaphylla; flore roseo, majore, siliquis planis
SLC41 $245
Painted Finch, The Loblolly Tree; Fringilla tricolor; Alcea Floridana quinque capsularis, Laurinis foliis, leviter crenatis, seminibus coniserarum instar alatis, remargined on left
SLC42 $245
he Yellow-throated Creeper, The Red Flowering Maple; Parus Americanus Gutture Luteo; Acer Virginianum, folio majore, subtus argenteo, supra viridi splendente
SLC51A $245
Monedula tota nigra
SLC47 $245
Uro gallus minor, fuscus cervice,
plumis Alas imitantibus donata, remargined on left
SLC48 $245
Podicipes minor Rostro vario
SLC49 $245
The little Sparrow, The Purple Bindweed of Carolina; Passerculus; Convulvulus Caroliniensis; angusto, sagittato folio; flore amplissimo, purpureo; radice crassa
SLC50 $195
Regulus cristatus, Steuartia, remargined on top, tight on right
SLC54 $195
Caprimulgus minor Americanus,
Aureliana Canadensis,  remargined on bottom
SLC52 195
The Buffel's Head Duck
Anas Minor Purpureo Capite
SLC56 $245
The Bill of the Flamingo in its full Dimensions
Caput Phoenicopteri Naturalis Magnitudinis; Keratophyton fruticis specie, nigrum, margin tight on right
SLC23 $275
 
The Blue-wing Shoveler
Anas Americanus lato rostro
SLC57 $245
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Mark Catesby Natural History of Carolina Bird Prints 1768

Mark Catesby (1683-1749) was an Englishman of prosperous background who became known as the father of American Ornithology. His rare and beautiful work The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and Bahama islands 1748-1754 was published in London in two folio volumes of 11 parts each consisting of 20 plates, at a cost of two guineas a part. It was the first work to depict the flora & fauna of the new world. Catesby based this monumental work on his two lengthy sojourns in America, first from 1712-1719, staying with his sister Elizabeth & her husband Dr. William Cockle in Williamsburg, Virginia. The second visit was from 1722 to 1726. He returned to London equipped with a huge number of specimens from which he created the illustrations for this work. It took him 20 years to complete and as his funds were short he etched his own plates and even hand colored the first of the two volumes. The illustrations have an exuberance & expansiveness which has made them among the most beautiful and best loved prints of all times.

In 1749-1776, Johann Michael Seligmann, a German engraver re-engraved these Catesby plates, as well as many by George Edwards for the "Sammlung Verschiedener Auslandischer un Seltener Vogel" published in Nurenberg. In some cases, botanical and scenic backgrounds were added for superb decorative effect.

(References include Fine Bird Books, p.93, Dictionary of Bird Artist p.431, Nissen, IVB 859, Nissen, SVB 455.)

It is from the Nuremberg, 1768-1776 French Seligmann edition of the Catesby prints that we are pleased to present these plates in excellent condition. There is very little foxing on the plates and the strong chain lined watermarked paper is a beautiful light creamy color. The ORIGINAL hand coloring is very vibrant & the paper has a rare, silky quality to it. Each print is folio in size, measuring approximately 9 ½ inches by 15 inches with the occasional print having small margins on the gutter side, with some being remargined with original paper on one side as stated below the image. Most prints are accompanied by a copy of the beautiful title page and the original French descriptive text when available. This work is 250 years old and it is rare indeed to find these very scarce prints in such good condition.


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