George Edwards Original Copperplate Engravings 1743

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Manakin, Small Birds from Surinam
EDB149 $185
Lilio Narcissus, The Bluebelly Finch
EDB150 $195
Hoopoe Hen, Blue Creeper, Surinam
EDB151 $145
Sayacu of Marcgrave, Guira Guacuberaba
EDB152 $165
Yellow Red Pole, Black Grosbeak
EDB153 $175
Black & Yellow Creeper, America Hedge Sparrow
EDB154 $155
Blue Creeper from Surinam, Manakin
EDB155 $145
Small Kingfishers from East India
Painted Finch, North America
EDB157 $175
Brown Bull Finch, Black & Yellow Manakin
EDB158 $155
Green Gold Finch
Malacca Grosbeak, Jacarini or Marggrave,
Small Yellow Butterfly
EDB160 $165
Crested Hummingbird
EDB161 $165
Greater and Lesser Hummingbirds from Surinam
EDB162 $165
Red Throated Hummingbirds, Carolina
EDB163 $165
Purple Indain Creeper,  East Indies
EDB164 $145
Yellow Redpole, White Tailed Hummingbird
EDB165 $155
Red Breasted Hummingbird, Green throated Hummingbird
EDB166 $165
Flycatcher, Green Creeper
EDB167 $145
Long-tailed Hummingbird
The White Belly'd and Green Hummingbirds
EDB169 $165
American Nightingale, Green Hummingbird
EDB170 $145
Black Belly'd Green Humming Bird
EDB171 $165
White-faced Manakin, Ruby-crested Hummingbird,
both from the West Indies
EDB172 $155
The Longest-tailed Hummingbird
Long Tailed Sparrow, Dusky Linnet
EDB173 $145
Red Breasted Long Tailed Finch
EDB174 $155
The Creeper from the East Indies
EDB176 $145
American Redstart
The golden winged Fly-catcher from Pennsylvania,
Spotted Tortoise Butter-fly
EDB178 $165
Mountain Sparrows, Pennsylvania
EDB179 $175
Red Wheat Ear
EDB180 $175
Butcher Bird
EDB181 $155
Painted Finch Non Pareiles, Cock and Hen
EDB182 $175
Black or Dusky Sparrow, Cock and Hen
EDB183 $165
The American Goldfinch, Cock and Hen
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George Edwards Original Copperplate Engravings 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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