Lot 88 of 420:
Six plates from A. Wilson's American Ornithology  

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Six hand-colored copper-engraved ornithological plates from drawings by Alexander Wilson

Wilson, Alexander





Images approx. 34x26 cm (13½x10¼"), laid down on modern backing boards, matted. 

Engravings of a variety of birds, from what Whitman Bennett (American 19th Century Color Plate Books) calls "the first truly great American ornithology and also the first truly outstanding American color plate book of any type..."


  • 1, Turtle Dove. 2, Hermit Thrush. 3, Tawney Thrush. 4, Pine-swamp Warbler.
  • 1, Sharp shinned Hawk. 2, Redstart. 3, Yellow-rump.
  • 1, Mocking Bird. 2, Egg. 3 & 4, Male and Female Humming Bird nest and eggs. 5, Towhé Bunting. 6, Egg.
  • 1, Black-bellied Darter. 2, Female D. 3, Great Northern Diver. 4, Black-headed Gull. 5, Little Auk.
  • 1, Virginian Rail. 2, Clapper R. 3, Blue Crane. 4, Little Egret.
  • 1, Slate-coloured Hawk. 2, Ground Dove. 3, Female.

Lot Amendments

Some toning and light soiling, glued down to backing boards, sold as is.

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