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Alexander Wilson

Lot 43112: Wilson - Flamingo, Wood Ibis, Scarlet Ibis, & White Ibis. 66

Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books

July 9, 2022
Franklin, TN, US

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Description

This originally hand-colored, octavo bird engraving is from Alexander Wilson's American Ornithology, or the Natural History of the Birds of the United States. The work was published in 1832 in London.

The engravings were done by Lizars after Wilson's work. It contains a continuation by Bonaparte and was edited and finished by Sir William Jardine. This work was the first time that all of Wilson's art was present in one publication.

Alexander Wilson is known as the “Father of American Ornithology.” He spent a decade traversing the Eastern United States studying the birds and discovered 26 previously unknown species. Wilson’s work, American Ornithology, was the first focused on only American birds.

Scientist and historian Dr. Elliott Coues noted of Wilson's work, "Perhaps no other work on ornithology of equal extent is equally free from error, and its truthfulness is illuminated by a spark of the 'fire divine'."

Dimensions

~ 5 1/2" by 8 5/8"

Artist or Maker

Alexander Wilson

Medium

Originally Hand-colored Engraving

Date

1832

Condition Report

The work is in very good to excellent condition. There may be a few minor imperfections to be expected with age. Please review the image carefully for condition and contact us with any questions.

Literature

American Ornithology, or the Natural History of the Birds of the United States

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