Copper Plate Engraving by George Edwards, with original hand coloring on laid paper. Edwards spent most of his life observing and depicting indigenous and non-indigenous species of birds. Many of his drawings were done on commission for the Royal Society and Royal College of Physicians. Edwards is credited with collaborating on the scientific naming and description of about 300 species of birds.The print measures 11 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. Archivally matted. #49204. Very Good.
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1743. A leaf from A Natural History of Birds. Edward's friend and mentor Mark Catesby taught him the technique of engraving, which made it possible for him to engrave his own drawings, the results of which can be found in his natural historical works. He added to the hand colored compositions of his illustration engravings by including insects, especiallly butterflies. Print method is Engraving by Copper Plate with original hand coloring on laid paper, measuring 290 x 220 mm. or approximately 11 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. Archivally matted. #49123. Very Good.
1896. A Handbook of the Birds of Great Britaiin; two lithographs designed by Richard Bowder Sharpe (1847-1909), an English zoologist who joined the British Museum as a Senior Assistant in the Department of Zoology, in charge of the bird collection. Sharpe wrote 13 1/2 of the 27 volumes of the Catalogue of the Birds of the British Museum.The framed print measures 6 1/8 x 4 1/4 inches. #43518/43589. Very Good.