Florence: Vanni. Engraving with hand coloring. 18 x 14.5 inches. One small tears at right edge, image unaffected. Shows some minor wear and staining at edges. In very good condition. An expressive depiction of an American (or Common) Nightjar, a nocturnal New World insectivore. Plate 100 from 'Storia Naturale Degli Uccelli' (Florence, 1767).
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Engraving with hand coloring. 12.5 x 9.5 inches. Shows some light foxing. In very good condition. The Oriental darter or Indian darter is a water bird of tropical South Asia and Southeast Asia. It has a long and slender neck with a straight, pointed bill and, like the cormorant, it hunts for fish while its body is submerged in water. Francois-Nicolas Martinet (1731-1800) was a French engineer, naturalist, and engraver.
Amsterdam: Christiann Sepp. Engraving. with hand coloring. 20.5 x 14.25 inches. Shows some light toning at edges. In very good condition. From Nozeman and Sepp's "Nederlandsche vogelen," published in Amsterdam between 1770-1829. This five volume compendium described the birds of the Netherlands. Cornelius Nozeman, (1721-1786) a Dutch minister and an ornithologist.
Engraving with hand coloring. 18 x 12.25 inches. Shows some light foxing and minor wear to edges. In very good condition. Plate 19 from Wilson's seminal 'American Ornithology,' engraved by Alexander Lawson. Image depicts an eastern screech owl (identified at bottom as a Mottled Owl), a meadowlark, a black and white warbler (identified at bottom as a Black and white creeper), and a pine warbler (identified at bottom as a pine-creeping warbler). Alexander Wilson (1766-1813) was a Scottish-American naturalist and.....