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A History of the Earth and Animated Nature
by Oliver Goldsmith
published by A. Fullarton
(1850) and Blackie and Son (1862)

Original hand-coloured engravings over 150 years old • Sheet size: approx. 6.25 x 9.25 inches

(for the non-birds from A History of Earth and Animated Nature, click here)

These copper-plate engravings are from Oliver Goldsmith's (1728-1774) A History of the Earth and Animated Nature.  The first edition (in eight volumes) appeared in London in 1774. The work sought to draw together virtually all that was known about the planet earth, its plants and animals, and even its human inhabitants described from a biological perspective.  Goldsmith had intended to translate Pliny's Natural History, but after reading Buffon, he decided that "the best imitation of the ancients was to write from our own feelings and to imitate nature."  Goldsmith's Animated Nature went through over twenty editions into the Victorian era and served as a popular source of information about the natural world.
THE PLATES BELOW ARE FROM THE 1850 FULLARTON EDITION (scroll down for 1862 plates)
(foxing present on some plates, please click on thumbnail for enlarged view)

Bee-eaters
Plate I

1. Red-winged Bee-eater 2. Blue-headed Bee-eater

$35

Bee-eaters
Plate I*
(*with habitat added—
note color differences from plate I)


1. Red-winged Bee-eater 2. Blue-headed Bee-eater

$45

 

Orioles
Plate XVIII

1. Black-headed Oriole 2. Black-cheeked Oriole

$45

Orioles
Plate XVIII*
(*with habitat added—
note color differences from plate XVIII)


1. Black-headed Oriole 2. Black-cheeked Oriole

$50

 

Partridges
Plate XIX

1. Large-footed Partridge (Female)
2. Large-footed Partridge (Male)

$35

Partridges
Plate XIX*
(*with subtle addition to habitat—
note color differences from plate XIX)


1. Large-footed Partridge (Female)
2. Large-footed Partridge (Male)

$35

New Zealand Caracara
Plate XX

New Zealand Caracara

$50

Pigeons
Plate XXI

1. Purple-crowned Pigeon
2. Red-collared Pigeon

$40

Pigeons
Plate XXI*
(*with additional habitat—
note color differences from plate XXI)


1. Purple-crowned Pigeon
2. Red-collared Pigeon

$45

 

Hoopoe
Plate XXII

Common Hoopoe

$50

Hoopoe
Plate XXII*
(*with additional habitat—
note color differences from plate XXII)


Common Hoopoe

$40
(right margin trimmed, light foxing)

 

Toucans
Plate XXIII

1. Toco Toucan 2. Tocard Toucan 3. Blue-billed Toucan

$50

Toucans
Plate XXIII*
(*with additional habitat—
note color differences from plate XXIII)


1. Toco Toucan 2. Tocard Toucan 3. Blue-billed Toucan

$50

 

Gnat catchers
Plate XXIV

1. Selby's Gnat-catcher 2. Yellow-tailed Gnat-catcher (Male) 3. Yellow-tailed Gnat-catcher (Female)

$45

Gnat catchers
Plate XXIV*
(*with very subtle addition to habitat—
note color differences from plate XXIV)


1. Selby's Gnat-catcher 2. Yellow-tailed Gnat-catcher (Male) 3. Yellow-tailed Gnat-catcher (Female)

$50

 

Hummingbirds
Plate XXVI

1. Azure-crowned Humming Bird (Young)
2. Azure-crowned Humming Bird (Male)
3. Azure-crowned Humming Bird (Female)
4. Temminck's Humming Bird
5. Blue-fronted Humming Bird

$50

Thrush Shrikes
Plate XXVIII

1. Green Thrush-Shrike 2. Bacbakiri Thrush-Shrike 3. White-throated Thrush-Shrike

$45

Thrush Shrikes
Plate XXVIII*
(*with additional habitat—
note color differences from plate XXVIII)


1. Green Thrush-Shrike 2. Bacbakiri Thrush-Shrike 3. White-throated Thrush-Shrike

$50

Swans
Plate XXIX

1. Bewick's Swan 2. Black-necked Swan

$40

Horsfield's Eurylaime [Banded Broadbill]
Plate XXXI

Horsfield's Eurylaime [Banded Broadbill]
(Male, Female)

$35

Horsfield's Eurylaime [Banded Broadbill]
Plate XXXI*
(*with addition to habitat—
note color differences from plate XXXI)


Horsfield's Eurylaime [Banded Broadbill]
(Male, Female)

$45

Crossbills
Plate XXXIV

1. American Crossbill (Male)
2. White-winged Crossbill (Male)

$50

Crossbills
Plate XXXIV*
(*with additional habitat—
note color differences from plate XXXIV)


1. American Crossbill (Male)
2. White-winged Crossbill (Male)

$45

 

Crossbills
Plate XXXVI

1. American Crossbill (Female)
2. White-winged Crossbill (Female)

$40

Crossbills
Plate XXXVI*
(*with additional habitat—
note color differences from plate XXXVI)


1. American Crossbill (Female)
2. White-winged Crossbill (Female)

$45

female Ostrich
Plate XXXVII

Ostrich (Female)

$50

Couroucouis
Plate XXXVII

1. Reinwald's Couroucoui 2. Flower Couroucoui 3. Flower Couroucoui (Female)

$50

Long-eared Owl
Plate XLI

Long-eared Owl

 

Ibis
Plate XLIX

1. Papillated Ibis 2. White Ibis 3. Metallic Ibis

$30

Ibis
Plate XLIX*
(*with additional habitat—
note color differences from plate XLIX)


1. Papillated Ibis 2. White Ibis 3. Metallic Ibis

 
 

Woodpeckers
Plate L

1. Black-breasted Woodpecker
2. Hairy Woodpecker
3. Red-cockaded Woodpecker

$40

Woodpeckers
Plate L*
(*with additional habitat—
note color differences from plate XLIX)


1. Black-breasted Woodpecker
2. Hairy Woodpecker
3. Red-cockaded Woodpecker

$50

Breves
Plate LV

1. Macklot's Breve
2. Giant Breve

$40

Breves
Plate LV*
(*with additional habitat—
note color differences from plate LV)


1. Macklot's Breve
2. Giant Breve

$50

 
 

Warblers
Plate LVI

1. Yellow-throat Warbler 2. Maryland Yellow-throat Warbler (Male) 3. Kentucky Warbler 4. Maryland Yellow-throat Warbler (Female)

$55

Breves
Plate LVI*
(*with additional habitat— note color differences from plate LVI, and one less bird!)

1. Yellow-throat Warbler 2. Maryland Yellow-throat Warbler 3. Kentucky Warbler

$50

Parrakeets
Plate LXI

1. Slender Parrakeet
2. Iris Parrakeet

$55

Parrakeets
Plate LXI*
(*with additional habitat— note color differences from plate LXI)

1. Slender Parrakeet
2. Iris Parrakeet

$40

 

Trogons
Plate LXIV

1. Duvancel's Trogon 2. Narina Trogon

$45

Summer Bird, Fruit Crow
Plate LXIV*
(*with additional habitat— note color differences from plate LXIV)

1. Duvancel's Trogon 2. Narina Trogon

$50

 

Summer Bird, Crow
Plate LXVI

1. Araponga Summer Bird (Female)
2. Red-breasted Fruit Crow

$45

Summer Bird, Fruit Crow
Plate LXVI*
(*with additional habitat— note color differences from plate LXVI)

1. Araponga Summer Bird (Female)
2. Red-breasted Fruit Crow

$50

Parrakeets
Plate LXVII

1. Triba Parrakeet
2. Coquette Parrakeet (Female)

$60

Quails
Plate LXIX

1. Long-tailed Quail 2. Montezuma's Quail

$35

Quails
Plate LXIX*
(*with additional habitat— note color differences from plate LXIX)

1. Long-tailed Quail 2. Montezuma's Quail

$35

Parrakeets
Plate LXXI

1. Common Albatross
2. Sooty Albatross
3. Black-eyed Albatross


$50

Oliver Goldsmith
Oliver Goldsmith
(Engraved by S. Freeman from a painting
by Sir Joshua Reynolds)


$15

THE PLATES BELOW ARE FROM THE 1862 BLACKIE AND SON EDITION
(foxing present on some plates, please click on thumbnail for enlarged view)
(for the non-birds from A History of Earth and Animated Nature, click here)

Eagles
Plate 49

1. Great Sea Eagle 2. Golden Eagle
3. Small Cape Eagle 4. Wedge-tailed Eagle

$45

 

Vultures
Plate 51

1. King of the Vultures 2. Sociable Vulture 3. Bearded Vulture of Lammergeyer 4. Griffon Vulture 5. Condor

$35

 

Turkey, Curassow, etc.
Plate 55

1. American Wild Turkey
2. Crested Curassow
3. Galeated Curassow
4. Red Curassow

$45

Cock, Grouse, Partridge, etc.
Plate 56

1. Red Grouse 2. Partridge 3. Black Cock 4. Grey Hen 5. Ptarmigan

$40

Thrush, Robin, Blackbird, Skylark, etc.
Plate 58

1. Song Thrush 2. Ring Ouzel 3. Blackbird 4. Wheat-ear 5. Sky-lark 6. Redbreast

$45

Redpole, Goldfinch, Wren, etc.
Plate 59

1. Lesser Redpole 2. Goldfinch, Male & Female 3. Siskin 4. Reed Bunting 5. Golden-crested Wren

$50

Crane, Stork, Heron, Egret
Plate 67

1. Common Crane 2. White Stork 3. Gigantic Crane 4. Common Heron 5. Little Egret

$50

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