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George Edwards (1694-1773)



A Small Double Headed Snake from the Island of Barbados


The illustration also includes two black butterflies.


Plate 207 -Engraving from Gleanings of Natural History - 1758

George Edwards was one of the greatest British bird artists. He often worked from live birds in nature or in captivity in London (at the time, many artists worked from dead specimens) and is sometimes called "The Father of Ornithology." The Linneaus names of some 350 birds were based on Edward's careful description of them.


These handcolored plates come from "Gleanings of Natural History" originally published in 1758-1764 and from "A Natural History of Uncommon Birds" published between 1743 and 1751.

Based on the paper, some of these are from the original editions and come from later early 19th Century editions -- click on the images for more detailed information about the individual prints.



Condition: The printing is lightly faded, so that the words "A small.." in the title are barely visible. Coloring is nice and bright. A few light spots on the sheet as shown.



Dimensions: 22 X 27 cm




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