Alcedo Alcyon Hand-colored Engraving from A Natural History of Uncommon Birds, and of some other Rare and Undescribed Animals, Quadrupeds, Reptiles, Fishes, Insects, &c. Plate 115
London: T. Rickaby for George Edwards, London, 1743-51
9'' x 11'' approximate size . It has what is called a binding edge or strip along one edge of the paper, with tiny holes or slits as evidence of the print having been stitched into a book.
Bird prints by George Edwards, one of the foremost naturalists of the Age of Enlightenment, from one of the most important and comprehensive of all English 18th century natural history works. The prints from these series depict a broad spectrum of birds, including species native to Great Britain and Europe, as well as exotic tropical birds such as parrots, cockatoos, macaws and toucans. Each is rendered in a scientific manner, distinctly 18th century in conception and style, generally with a tree branch, or the ground or water from the bird's habitat. Some of the prints incorporate other animals, such as fluttering butterflies, insects, reptiles or mammals.
Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall light toning and wear. Right upper corner is chipped - see photos.
1749 George Edwards A Natural History of Uncommon Birds Alcedo Alcyon Hand-colored Engraving