EDWARDS (GEORGE) A Natural History of Birds [-Gleanings of Natural History], 7 vol., 1802-1806; and a MANUSCRIPT volume of drawings, titled "Outlines of the Seven Volumes of Geo. Edwards's History of Birds" (8)
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EDWARDS (GEORGE)
A Natural History of Birds [-Gleanings of Natural History], 7 vol.
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EDWARDS (GEORGE)
A Natural History of Birds [-Gleanings of Natural History], 7 vol., second edition, text in English and French in volumes 5-7, engraved portrait of the author by J.S. Millar after Dandridge, engraved allegorical frontispiece ("Ornithologia nova"), 362 hand-coloured engraved plates, without title to volume one (as issued, see Zimmer), later red morocco gilt by J. Wright, g.e., rubbed at extremities [Nissen IVB 286, 288; Anker 124-126; Fine Bird Books, p.73; Lisney, p.128; Zimmer, pp.201-203], 4to (288 x 220mm.), William Gardner, 1802-1806 [watermarked 1801-1822]--"Outlines of the Seven Volumes of Geo. Edwards's History of Birds", MANUSCRIPT, 852pp., on paper, black ink, approximately 420 pencil or ink outline drawings (3 partially hand-coloured), contemporary red half morocco, lettered "Edwards' Birds. VIII. M.S.S. Sketches" on spine, 4to (260 x 190mm.), [undated] (8)

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  • Posthumous edition of Edward's A Natural History of Uncommon Birds with minor alterations in the text, and in which "all the plates are exceptionally finely colored and of softer finish than those of the original edition".

    The manuscript Outlines of the Seven Volumes of Geo. Edwards's History of Birds includes fine pen-outline illustrations of all the birds included by Edwards, together with: a synopsis of the text; "A Catalogue of the Names of the Birds" (based upon the printed version with the Latin names by Linnaeus, published by James Robson in 1776); a 12-page "Some brief instructions for etching or engraving on copper plates with aqua fortis"; a one-page note on the dates of publication for the first edition; two drawings on one sheet captioned in pencil "The star fish I had from Yeats"; a section of "Extracts & sketches from Catesby's Nat: History of Carolina &c." (illustrated with pencil drawings, a few with wash); and a note recording "Novr. 1778. purchased the following drawings at Mr. Edsal's sale drawn by Mr Edwards - 1. a very uncommon Parrot from W. Indies...".
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