Darvill's Rare Prints, fine antique prints and rare maps since 1918! Darvill's Rare Prints, fine antique prints and rare maps since 1918!
Antique prints from Darvill's since 1918 About Darvill's Rare Prints
Rare Maps and Charts Limited edition prints from Alaska's most famous artist Rie Munoz Darvill's Rare Prints homepage Sorry, we do not perform appraisals and we do not buy from unsolicited sources.

Encyclopedia Londinensis
Compiled by John Wilkes, edited by John Jones
Issued in 24 volumes from 1796-1828
George Edwards and others (J. Pass, engraver)

Original Hand-coloured Engravings • Titles in English
Sheet size: approximately 5 x 8½ inches.
Minor foxing present on some plates

An exuberant group of prints by 'The Father of British Ornithology.' George Edwards (1694-1773), well remembered for his ornithological work and for the publication of his marvelous Natural History of Uncommon Birds, was a familiar figure in British naturalist circles of the mid-eighteenth century. He was a good friend of Mark Catesby, who created the first American ornithology, and of Sir Hans Sloane, the founder of the British Museum. Edwards produced his impressive volumes almost single-handedly, for not only did he make the drawings upon which the prints are based, but he also wrote the text, etched the plates and did his own coloring. For this work, Edwards was elected to the Royal Society and his fame spread throughout Europe. So great was the impact of his History, that Edwards has been credited with almost alone popularizing the art of bird and animal illustration with this historic publication. Thus, these wonderfully decorative prints are as significant as they are delightful and beautiful.

The Red Spider Catcher
The Red Spider Catcher

Purple throated Chatterer
Purple throated Chatterer

The Pine Grosbeak
The Pine Grosbeak, or
greatest Bullfinch Cock & Hen

Cock of the Rock
The Crested Manakin, or
Cock of the Rock

Scarlet Tanager
The Golden Tanager, or Titmouse
The Scarlet Tanager

Numidian Crane
The Numidian, or Balearic Crane
The Cock, The Hen

Striated Tern
Striated Tern

Red-shafted Tropic Bird
The White-bellied Darter, and
Red-shafted Tropic Bird


(trimmed close at top)


The Eider Duck
The Eider Duck

$45

The Patagonian Penguin
The Patagonian Penguin

The Great Auk
The Great Auk

Little Stormy Petrel
The Pintado Petrel, and
little Stormy Petrel

$45

Awks
The Tufted, The Crested,
The Dusky, and
The Parroquet Awk

$45

Winter Mew and Arctic Gull
The Winter Mew
and Arctic Gull

(small unobtrusive
holes in paper)


$45

Starlings
The Wattled Starling
The Black and White Indian Starling

The Red-billed Promerops
The Red-billed Promerops

The Horned Screamer and American Jaribu
The Horned Screamer
and American Jaribu

$45

The crested Boatbill, and tufted Umbre
The crested Boatbill,
and tufted Umbre

The Paradise Bunting in its Summer dress The same Bird in its Winter plumage
The Paradise Bunting
in its Summer dress
The same Bird in its Winter plumage

The Phytotoma or Chilian Plant-Cutter; and the Chestnut Paradise Flycatcher
The Phytotoma or Chilian [sic]
Plant-Cutter; and the Chestnut Paradise Flycatcher

(note original watercolor smear around beak of lower bird)

The Indian Swallow The Alpine Swift
The Indian Swallow
The Alpine Swift

(note more prominent foxing)

$35

The Red Chatterer
The Red Chatterer

$45

The Purple-breasted Chatterer
The Purple-breasted Chatterer

$45

The Blue-backed Manakin, and the Golden-headed Manakin
The Blue-backed Manakin, and the Golden-headed Manakin

The Long-tailed Titmouse, Cock and Hen
The Long-tailed Titmouse,
Cock and Hen

(light watercolor smear around legs of bird on the left)

The Wood Lark, The Sky Lark, The Red Lark of America
The Wood Lark, The Sky Lark,
The Red Lark of America

(somewhat grubby)

$40

The Long-tailed Thrush and Rose-coloured Thrush
The Long-tailed Thrush and Rose-coloured Thrush

The Fork-tailed Goatsucker
The Fork-tailed Goatsucker

$45

The White-throated Goatsucker
The White-throated Goatsucker

(note lack of left margin)

$35

Click here for double-page bird prints from Encyclopaedia Londinensis
Albatross
Plate 88
[Albatross]
(Signed in the plate by Edwards)
Sheet size: approx. 9 x 11½ inches • Image approx. 7½ x 9½ inches
on chain-laid, watermarked paper

NOT FROM SAME VOLUME
AS OTHERS ON THIS PAGE
Probably from

A Natural History of Birds, Most of which have not been figured or described and others very little known..."
London: 1743-1751


$150
The King of the Vultures

The King of the Vultures
(Designed by Edwards,
printed in 1739)
Sheet size: 8¾ x 11½ inches
on thick chain-laid, watermarked paper

NOT FROM SAME VOLUME AS OTHERS
ON THIS PAGE


$125

 

Click here for double-page bird prints from Encyclopaedia Londinensis

Antique bird prints home page