George Edwards Seligmann Edition Bird Prints

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Falco niger Americanus
EDS100 $165
Eagle, Aquila cauda alba Americana
EDS101 $175
Buteo cinereus
EDS102 $125
Vulture, Vultur barbatus
EDS103 $165
Vulture, Vultur elegans
EDS104 $175
Aquila aurita coronata, tight margin on left
EDS105 $175
Pica orientalis, Cytisus racemis
EDS106 $145
Kingfisher, Ispida carolinensis, Crassula foliis planis
EDS107 $195
Garrulus argentorantensis, Dentaria foliis ternis
EDS108 $145
Woodpecker, Picus Jamaicensis
EDS109 $145
Kingfisher, Ispida major Africana
EDS110 $155
Columba macroura
EDS111 $145
Woodpecker, Picus Bengalensis
EDS112 $145
Lagopus minor
EDS113 $145
Woodpecker, Picus viridis
EDS114 $135
Hirundo riparia maxima
EDS115 $145
Columba fusea undulis
EDS122 $125
Falco americanus maculatus
EDS117 $145
Accipiter paludarius, Aves arundinacae
EDS118 $145
Urogallus collari extenso Pensilvanicus
EDS119 $145
Caprimulgus minor, Whip-poor-will
EDS120 $145
Pheasant, Phasianus brasiliensis
EDS124 $145
Urogallus minor Americanus
EDS125 $125
Pigeon, Columba maculatis triquetris
EDS126 $125
Lagopus, Ptarmigan
EDS127 $125
Kingfisher, Ispida ex albo Persica
EDS128 $145
Sturnus sinensis niger
EDS129 $135
Turdus fuscus Bengalensis
EDS131 $145
Merula caerula passer solitarius, no text
EDS130 $165
Garrulus ruber Surinamensis, no text
EDS132 $115
Sturnus ex albo et fusco varius Bengalensis
EDS133 $145
Anas cristatus elegans duck
Querquedula sinensis elegans duck
EDS135 $145
Mergus major pectore rubro
EDS136 $145
Anas major albus fuscus cum foemella
EDS137 $125
Colymbus caudatus guttre rubro
EDS138 $125
Anas cauda New Foundland duck, Pluvialis alis
EDS139 $125
Anser ferus Canadensis, Canadian Goose
EDS140 $145
Anser Canadensis fuscus
EDS141 $125
Anser Canadensis alis coeruleis, tight margin left side
EDS142 $125
Tringa pedibus fulicae
EDS143 $145
Perdix ruffa Africana
EDS144 $125
Tringa grisea, Fulicae digitis
EDS145 $125
Columba Graenlandica Hollandis
EDS146 $145
Mergulus melanoleucos
EDS147 $125
Attagen verus Francolino Italorum
EDS148 $125
Tringa rufra Canadensis
EDS149 $125
Anas fistularis occidentalis, tight margin left side
EDS150 $125
Morinellus Canadensis
EDS151 $125
Grus fusea Canadensis
EDS152 $125
Fedoa Americana
EDS153 $125
Ardea stellaris Canadensis, tight margin left side
EDS154 $115
Otis foemella
Avis curasao, Avis acajou
EDS156 $125
Anas caudacuda Canadensis, tight top margin
EDS158 $115
Anas Canadensis minor fucus
EDS159 $115
Anas Canadensis capite griseo-coeruleo, tight top margin
EDS160 $115
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George Edwards Seligmann Edition Bird Prints

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.”

(References include: Fine Bird Books 1700-1900, pg. 93 and Dictionary of Bird Artists of the World, pg. 232)

These prints are in excellent condition with the ORIGINAL hand coloring still very vivid and vibrant, with no oxidation of colors. The paper is strong & chain-lined and light creamy in color, with strong plate marks and some watermarking. There is very little to no foxing, and it is almost all marginal. Most prints are named, dated & signed in the plate by the hand of Edwards himself. Each print measures 9 inches wide by 11 1/4 inches long. The condition is superb for a work that is about 270 years old. This set is the most complete we have ever had & it is a great please to view prints we have never before seen.

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