Collection: Mark Catesby

Mark Catesby



The Natural History of Florida, Carolina and the Bahama Islands (1747) .


These extraordinary engravings come from the first published account of the wildlife of North America which was published in the middle of the 18th Century --before the American revolution --by the pioneering British natural historian Mark Catesby.


Mark Catesby was born in Essex, England on April 3, 1683. He studied Natural History in London, but in 1712 he took up the opportunity to visit the American colonies after his sister married Dr. William Cocke of Williamsburg, Virginia. Catesby spent the next seven years in Virginia, observing and sketching the local flora and fauna. It took some 20 years for the artist and naturalist to put together the two-hundred and twenty images which would comprise the final version of The Natural History of Florida, Carolina and the Bahama Islands (1747) . All of the images in the book were both drawn and engraved by Catesby's own hand.


Sizes vary slightly, but each measures around 39 X 54 cm



University of Virginia On-Line Version of Catesby's Natural History




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Cucumber Tree with Velvet Ant" (Magnolia) From the rare 20 plate Supplement published 1746 - SOLD


The Green Snake and Cassena Vera Plant The Ribbon Snake and Winter's Bark Tiger Swallow Tail with Wafer Ash"
F rom Volume II published 1743

Acacia Tree and Butterfly

Hermit Crab

The Alligator and the Mangrove Tree
Lacertus Cauda Caerulia
The Blue-Tailed Lizard - SOLD
Lacertus Indicus - The Guana
Flowering Plants of the Bahamas
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