Sandtique Rare Prints
P.J. Selby - Illustrations British Ornithology - "BLACK TAILED HAWFINCH" - 1826
RARE, ANTIQUE, COPPER ENGRAVED,
This 189 year old print is from "ILLUSTRATIONS OF ORNITHOLOGY" by John Prideaux Selby published by W.H. Lizards in Edinburgh in 1826.
Selby is best known for his Illustrations of British Ornithology (1821–1834), the first set of life-sized illustrations of British birds. He also wrote Illustrations of Ornithology with William Jardine and A History of British Forest-trees (1842).
Many of the illustrations in his works were drawn from specimens in his collection. In addition to the above works he contributed to Jardine's Naturalist's Library the volumes on the Pigeons (1835) and the Parrots (1836), the latter illustrated by Edward Lear. He was for some time one of the editors of the Magazine of Zoology and Botany. His collections were sold in 1885 and became dispersed. The South African birds collected by Andrew Smith went to the Zoology Museum of the University of Cambridge.
This copper engraving print (the size of the picture) is about 7 " x 6 " on a leaf or page that is about 9 " x 5 1/2 ". It is in very good condition with mild age toning. It has high detail and the bird is hand-colored. It is suitable for framing and would be an excellent gift.
The print that is being sold is of:
"COCCOTHRAUSTES MELANURA (BLACK TAILED HAWFINCH)"
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