Sunday, July 27, 2008

Following Catesby

Le Moineau de Paradis et La grande Chauve-Souris de Madagascar

Le Petit Buffle des Indes

L'Ichneumon des Indes

La Corneille bleue

La Demoiselle de Numidie

La Foulque a Aigrettes ou a Cornes

La grande Grue de la Baye de Hudson

Le Grand Cacatua

Le Gros Lesard verd et Mouchete

Le Gros-Bec bleu, d'Angola

Le Heron cendre de l'Amerique Septentrionale

Le Lory Ecarlate

Le Lory Perruche

Le Martin Pecheur de L'Amerique

Le Merops mangeur d'Abeille des Indes

Le Petit Singe-Lion a Tete grise

Le Phaisan Cornu des Indes

Le Rouge-Queue des Indes et Le Lezard des Indes a Queue d'Epine

Le grand Oiseau de Paradis

Le petit faucon noir et orange des Indes

'Verzameling van uitlandsche en zeldzaame vogelen :benevens eenige vreemde dieren en plantgewassen : in 't engelsch naauwkeurig beschreeven en naar 't leven met kleuren afgebeeld /door G. Edwards en M. Catesby. ; vervolgens, ten opzigt van de plaaten merkelyk verbeterd, in 't hoogduitsch uitgegeven door J.M. Seligmann ; thans in 't nederduitsch vertaald en met aanhaalingen van andere autheuren verrykt, door M. Houttuyn.' 1772-1881.

Drawn by G Edwards (after Mark Catesby), engraved by IM Seligman, JS Leitner et al. Available from the Botanicus website (there are three 'sets' of illustrations: general birds, parrots and animals; easily found from the drop-down menu in the margin).

The above selection and a few others have been saved in this set. These constitute probably a quarter or less of the total number of illustrations in the book. If you look closely, there are occasional eccentric additions to the design of the above pictures, beyond the usual 18th century stylising. Botanicus appear to have digitised a second copy of the same(?) work: see here.


mads said...


pita ou franck said...

Fantastic! great engravings,many thanks.

Unknown said...

Great images! I'm trying to get my hands on a high res scan of the cockatoo pictured here. Any idea how I could get that? All images I've found on the web are too small.

peacay said...

Rachael, I think you should write to the Missouri Botanical Gardens people - that's who run botanicus.
I have a vague recollection of seeing another copy of this work come online - perhaps at one of the German repositories - in the recent past, so maybe search on the title and add "inurl:de"...just in case.

[also, write to me -peacay gmail- and maybe I could workout how to extract the highest res. version from botanicus : if you do this, I'd be grateful if you'd find the actual cockatoo URL to pass onto me]

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