The Sebesten Plum and the Italian Runner after Mark Catesby
From A Natural History of Uncommon Birds (1743-1751) by George Edwards, adapted after the original by Mark Catesby.
This beautiful 18th Century engraving shows the largeleaf geigertree (Cordia sebestena) and a bird described as “the Italian Runner.”
Handcolored plate from “Gleanings of Natural History” originally published in 1758-1764 and from “A Natural History of Uncommon Birds” published between 1743 and 1751.
Attractively framed in a vintage gilt frame.
George Edwards was one of the greatest British bird artists. He often worked from live birds in nature or in captivity in London (at the time, many artists worked from dead specimens) and is sometimes called “The Father of Ornithology.” The Linneaus names of some 350 birds were based on Edward’s careful description of them.
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