Afmeting prent: 29,5 x 21,5 cm. Afmeting papier: 41 x 25 cm.
Verso: blank. Plaat 16, deel 3.
Kopergravure door Johan Michael Seligman, in 1770 uitgegeven door J.J. Fleischmann in 'Recueil de Divers Oiseaux Etrangers et peu Communs (..)' te Nuremberg.
Antique print titled 'Die Meise mit den gelben Bürzel'. The subtitle reads 'Parus uropygeo luteo'. This print shows various plants and the yellow-rump warbler. Engraved by Seligmann for his 'Sammlung verschiedener auslandischer und seltener Vogel'. This print includes the attached original text page.
Parus Uropygeo Luteo: The Yellow-rump.
This is a Creeper, and seems to be of the Tit-kind. The most distinguish’d Part of this Bird is its Rump, which is yellow. All the rest of the Feathers are brown, having a faint Tincture of Green. It runs about the Bodies of Trees, and feeds on Infects, which it pecks from the Crevise of the Bark. The Hen differs little from the Cock in the Colour of its Feathers. They are found in Virginia.
Helleborine Lilii folio caulem ambiente, flore unico hexapetalo, tribus petalis longis, angustis obscure purpureis, caeteris brevioribus roseis: The Lilly-Leaf’d Hellebore.
This Plant has a bulbous Root; from which arises a single Stem of about a Foot high, encompassed by the Bottom-part of one Leaf as by a Sheath. At the Top grows the Flower, composed of six Petala; three of them long, and of a dark purple Colour; the other three shorter, of a pale Rose-Colour, and commonly turning back, with a Pistillum in the Middle. It grows in wet Places.
Apocynum Scandens folio, cordato flore albo: Dogs-Bane.
This Plant climbs upon and is supported by Shrubs and Trees near it. Its Leaves grow opposite to each other, on Foot-stalks less than an Inch long. The Flowers grow usually four or five in a Cluster, are white, and consist of five Petala, succeeded by long cylindrical Pods, growing by Pairs, containing many flat Seeds not unlike the Rest of the Apocynums. It grows on most of the Bahama Islands.
Johann Seligmann created this wonderful folio work featuring the art of both George Edwards and Mark Catesby. Entitled Sammlung verschiedener auslandischer und seltener Vogel, the rare work features beautiful engravings and original hand coloring. Seligmann re-engraved the plates of both Edwards and Catesby. The work was published by J. J. Fleischmann in Nurmberg between 1749 and 1776.
Seligmann began issuing his ambitious series just a few years after Edwards and Catesby published their works. The text was translated into German, and Seligmann produced all new plates based on the images of the two Englishmen. In bringing these masterworks to the continental audience, Seligmann has earned himself a place in natural history circles, and his charming prints, reflecting well on their sources, stand as another respected source for 18th-century natural history documentation.
Mark Catesby was a well-known naturalist born in England in 1682. He spent 10 years of his life in the American colonies observing the native species of plants and animals. After returning to England, he dedicated the next 20 years to producing the first English, all-inclusive study of American natural history, Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and Bahama Islands. Catesby was the first to incorporate plant life and birds on the same page. Because Catesby was too poor at the time to hire engravers, he studied under Joseph Goupy, learning to etch plates himself to save money and ensure accuracy. The result is this wonderfully detailed work featuring hundreds of American species, giving the Old World the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the World beyond. Catesby is referred to as ‘The Father of American Ornithology’ and his Natural History was the first to depict the flora and fauna of the new world.
George Edwards was an English draughtsman and proficient ornithologist. He worked as the Librarian tothe Royal College of Physicians which eventually allowed him to pursue publishing his bird studies and drawings. Edward really drove the prominence of bird and animal illustration in his time and thus became known as ‘The Father of British Ornithology.’
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