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A New Book of Chinese Designs Calculated to Improve the present Taste.
A New Book of Chinese Designs Calculated to Improve the present Taste. Consisting of Figures, Buildings, & Furniture, Landskips, Birds, Beasts, Flow.rs and Ornaments; &c.
By Mess.rs Edwards & Darly.
Published according to Act of Parliament, & Sold by the Authors, the first House on the right hand in Northumberland Court, in the Strand, & by the Print & Booksellers in Town & Country. MDCCLIV [1754].
4to, original full calf, maroon morocco gilt title label on spine; engr. title, index of plates and 112 plates (of 120). Covers detached and worn.
A book of chinoiserie designs by Matthew Darly with a collaborator only identified in the book as 'Edwards' but identified as George Edwards (1694-1773, the famed ornithologist. It is possible the missing plates were never included; there is no evidence in the block of their removal. The V&A's example has 116 plates.
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[Psittacus albus cristatus maximus.]
[Psittacus albus cristatus maximus.]
G. Edwards.
[n.d., c.1760.]
Etching with fine hand colour. 230 x 185mm (9 x 7¼"), large margins. Small stain on top centre edge of plate.
A crested cockatoo, from 'Gleanings of Natural History' by George Edwards (1694-1773), who is regarded as 'the father of British ornithology'.
[Ref: 54752]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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Itinera Varia Auctoris.
Itinera Varia Auctoris.
G. Edwards. 1746.
[London. George Edwards].
Hand coloured engraving. Platemark: 255 x 210mm (10 x 8¼"). Small stains to sheet.
A frontispiece from George Edward's famous work, 'A Natural History of Uncommon Birds'. The map shows the author's voyages around England and Europe between 1718 and 1730. However, the illustrations come from further afield; at the top is the beak of the Egyptian Ibis; underneath are male and female stag beetles from Borneo; and at the bottom is the Least Hummingbird of Jamaica. George Edwards (1694 - 1773) is known as the father of British ornithology, and on the recommendation of Sir Hans Sloane, was appointed librarian to the Royal College of Physicians in London in 1733.
[Ref: 33511]   £140.00  
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