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Volume 10 with 30 Engravings of Parrot, Parakeet, Macaw, Cockatoo, & Lory
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Sir William Jardine
The Naturalistís Library
~ 6 3/4" by 5 1/2"
Originally Hand-colored Engravings bound in Publisher's Red Cloth
Condition of Plate:
Overall Excellent. Paper tone is excellent. Minor imperfections may be expected with age. Please review the images below carefully for condition and contact us with any questions.
Author and Work Detail: This charming volume of engravings is from Sir William Jardineís work The Naturalistís Library. The work was published c1833-1860s in London & Edinburgh. Each volume features a memoir of a prominent man.|
Each steel engraved plate features an animal presented in nature. The backgrounds for each plate are left uncolored, while the figure was originally hand-colored at the time of printing. The engravings for this work were based off many of the predominant artists in the field of natural history including John James Audubon, John Gould, Maria Sybilla Merian, William Swainson, Edward Lear, Prideaux, and John Selby.
The Naturalistís Library was published to be accessible to a wide audience of natural history enthusiasts. Most importantly the work was intended to educate the youth, and thus why the work was published in a small octavo size. The work was much more affordable than others available at the time and illustrated many subjects of natural history including, birds, animals, fish and insects.
Jardine was considered a talented natural history artist. Some of his original work is in the London Natural History Museum and the Royal Scottish Museum. Jardine contributed much of the text to this work as well.