George Edwards Bird Prints 1745

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The Blue Gros-beak
EDB228
Reg. Price: $245
Sale Price: SOLD
The Cedar of Libanus, Coccothraustes vulgaris,
the Gros-beak or Haw-finch
EDB229
Reg. Price: $225
Sale Price: $145
The Chatterer of Carolina
The small blue Convolvulus
EDB230
Reg. Price: $225
Sale Price: SOLD
The yellow breasted Toucan
EDB237
SOLD
The green Toucan or Bill-bird
EDB235
Reg. Price: $195
Sale Price: $135
The Snow Bird
EDB239
Reg. Price: $145
Sale Price: $95
The Cock, Purple-breasted Blue Manakin,
and the yellow and Black Butterfly
EDB243
Reg. Price: $175
Sale Price: $115
Peacock Pheasant, Roses
EDB233
Reg. Price: $275
Sale Price: $175
The Purple breasted Blue-manakin
EDB245
Reg. Price: $155
Sale Price: $99
The Black and blue Titmouse from South America,
the Pomegranate blossom
EDB249
Reg. Price: $165
Sale Price: $105
The Pompadore
EDB246
Reg. Price: $165
Sale Price: $105
The yellow headed Starling from the West Indies,
and the Arbutus
EDB251
Reg. Price: $165
Sale Price: $105
The Dominican Cardinal
EDB252
Reg. Price: $175
Sale Price: $115
The Shirely from Guiana in South America,
the butterfly from China
EDB253
Reg. Price: $185
Sale Price:
SOLD
Black Indian Cuckoo
EDB254
Reg. Price: $145
Sale Price: $95
The Curucui
EDB255
Reg. Price: $155
Sale Price: $99
The Blue and Green Dani from the East Indies
EDB256
Reg. Price: $165
Sale Price: $105
The Solitary Sparrow
EDB257
Reg. Price: $175
Sale Price: $115
The Black Headed Indian Icterus
EDB261
Reg. Price: $185
Sale Price: $125
Black and Orange Coloured Hawk
EDB259
Reg. Price: $165
Sale Price: $105
The Black and White Starling
EDB260
Reg. Price: $155
Sale Price: $99
The Rose Ouzel
EDB264
Reg. Price: $155
Sale Price: $99
The Banana Bird from Jamaica
EDB265
Reg. Price: $155
Sale Price: $99
The Black and Yellow Daw
EDB266
Reg. Price: $155
Sale Price: $99
The Grey Pye of Brasil,
and the black and yellow Moth from China
EDB267
Reg. Price: $155
Sale Price: $99
The  Brasilian Saw-Billed Roller, Guira Guainumbi
EDB242
Reg. Price: $175
Sale Price: $115
The Whip-Poor-Will
EDB269
Reg. Price: $185
Sale Price: $125
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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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