George Edwards Bird Prints 1745

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The Blue Gros-beak
EDB228 $
The Cedar of Libanus, Coccothraustes vulgaris,
the Gros-beak or Haw-finch
EDB229 $
The Chatterer of Carolina
The small blue Convolvulus
EDB230 $
The yellow breasted Toucan
EDB237 $
The green Toucan or Bill-bird
EDB235 $
The Snow Bird
EDB239 $
The Cock, Purple-breasted Blue Manakin,
and the yellow and Black Butterfly
EDB243 $175
Peacock Pheasant, Roses
EDB233 $
The Purple breasted Blue-manakin
EDB245 $155
The Black and blue Titmouse from South America,
the Pomegranate blossom
EDB249 $165
The Pompadore
EDB246 $165
The yellow headed Starling from the West Indies,
and the Arbutus
EDB251 $
The Dominican Cardinal
EDB252 $175
The Shirely from Guiana in South America,
the butterfly from China
EDB253 $185
Black Indian Cuckoo
EDB254 $145
The Curucui
EDB255 $155
The Blue and Green Dani from the East Indies
EDB256 $165
The Solitary Sparrow
EDB257 $175
The Black Headed Indian Icterus
EDB261 $
Black and Orange Coloured Hawk
EDB259 $165
The Black and White Starling
EDB260 $
The Rose Ouzel
EDB264 $
The Banana Bird from Jamaica
EDB265 $155
The Black and Yellow Daw
EDB266 $155
The Grey Pye of Brasil,
and the black and yellow Moth from China
EDB267 $155
The  Brasilian Saw-Billed Roller, Guira Guainumbi
EDB242 $175
The Whip-Poor-Will
EDB269 $
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George Edwards Bird Prints 1745

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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