1751. 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. #49274. Very Good.
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1818-1837. These hand-colored lithographs are from the work entitled Histoire Naturelle des Mammiferes avec les figures originales d'apres des animaux vivants, a work produced by the combined efforts of Geoffrey St. Hilaire and Georges Cuvier. Hilaire was a forerunner to later evolutionary biologists, such as Darwin. As his theories grew, his reputation and academic positions followed. From 1798-1801, Hilaire was a member of Napoleon's scientific staff during the attempted conquest of Egypt. After returning to France, he produced Philosophie Anatomique (1818-1822) and this Histoire Naturelle des Mammiferes (11818-1837). They are the most important works with which he had a part, as they "were the sounding board through which he developed the most important components of his transcendental biology: the law of connections (‘analogous' organs retain the same connections amongst themselves), the law of permanence (new organs are not created), and the law of balance (the development of one organ is made at the expense of another)." (American Philosophical Society) These magnificent prints are on chain linked, watermarked paper. Framed. #37219. Fine.
London: Frederick Warne & Co. This is a leaf from The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, by Frederick Warne & Co., printed and bound in Great Britain by William Clowes, Limited, Beccles and London. “Nutkin became more an more impertinent – “Old Mr. B! Old Mr. B! Hickamore, Hackamore, on the King’s kitchen door.” Nutkin danced up and down like a sunbeam, but still Old Brown said nothing at all.”The framed print measures 5 5/8 x 4 inches. #46251. Very Good.
London: Frederick Warne & Co. This is a leaf from The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, by Frederick Warne & Co., printed and bound in Great Britain by William Clowes Limited, Beccles and London. “Twinkleberry and six other little squirrels each carried a fat minnow; but Nutkin, who had no nice manners, brought no present at all. He ran in front, singing – “The man in the wilderness said to me, “How many strawberries grow in the sea?’ I answered him as I thought good - ‘As many red herrings as grow in the wood.” But old Mr. Brown took no interest in riddles – not even when the answer was provided him.”The framed print measures 5 5/8 x 4 inches. #46252. Very Good.