George Edwards Natural History of Uncommon Birds Parrot Prints 1743

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Title Page (3 Prints)
EDB1 $
145
Title Page
EDB2
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Tilte Page (2 Prints)
EDB3 $115
Title Page (3 Prints)
EDB4 $125
Title Page (2 Prints)
EDB5 $115
Title Page (2 Prints)
EDB6 $115
Long-tailed Scarlet Lory, Borneo
EDB13 $345
Scarlet Lory, East Indies
EDB14 $345
The Hawk Headed Parrot from the East Indies
EDB33
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The Little Green and Red Long Tailed Parrakeet
EDB28 $295
Greater Cockatoo, Asia
EDB7 $295
The Black Parrot from Madagascar
EDB30 $315
Ring & Blue Headed Parrokeet
 from the East Indies
EDB40
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Smallest Red and Green Parrakeet
EDB43 $225
 Sapphire-Crowned Parrakeet from Sumatra,
 Golden-Winged Parrakeet
EDB42 $275
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George Edwards Natural History of Uncommon Birds Parrot Prints 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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