A Natural History of Uncommon Birds
A Natural History of Uncommon Birds
A Natural History of Uncommon Birds
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A Natural History of Uncommon Birds

GEORGE EDWARDS, 1758-64

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A Natural History of Uncommon Birds
George Edwards, 1758-64
EDWARDS, George (1694-1773). A Natural History of Uncommon Birds and of some other Rare and Undescribed Animals. London: for the Author, 1743-51. [With:] Gleanings of Natural History ... Glanures d'histoire naturelle. London: for the Author, 1758-64.

First edition of this important English ornithological work containing detailed descriptions of birds, many of which had not previously been illustrated. The majority of them were foreign species, usually drawn from live specimens in captivity in London. Linnaeus gave about 350 birds their scientific names based on Edwards's descriptions. The Gleanings was issued as a sequel to the main work. "One of the most important of all bird books, both as a Fine Bird Book and a work of Ornithology" (Sitwell). Anker 124; Nissen IVB 286; Sitwell p.93; Zimmer pp.192-94 and 198-99.

5 volumes, quarto (284 x 217mm). Hand-colored engraved frontispiece, 2 engraved portraits, and 362 hand-colored plates with continuous numeration, list of subscribers. (A few light spots and stains, some offsetting.) Contemporary English blue morocco gilt, red morocco labels on spines, gilt edges (most hinges discreetly repaired, a few very light signs of wear). Provenance: The Sporting Library of H.R.H The Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester (Christie's, 27 January 2006, Lot 564) – Michael Lerner (Bonhams New York, 16 April 2012, lot 5161).

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