Eleazar Albin, 23 Bird Engravings
23 hand colored engravings on laid paper of birds, from the first book on ornithology with hand colored plates to be published in English: "A Natural History of Birds" by Eleazar Albin (a 3 volume set, published London, 1731-1737). Each measures approximately 11" x 8-3/4". Includes: The Royston Crow; The Minor from East India; The Invite; Petite Alouette; The Swift; The Black Game Heath Cock; The Beniahbow; The White China Pheasant; The Jack Dan; Starling; The Black Game Hen; The Portugal Dove; The Bunting; The Black Bull Finch; The Black Lark; The Cornish Chough; The King Guzell; The Lesser Sea Swallow; The Lesser Sea Cock Swallow; Ash Coloured Butcher Bird; Wheat Ear; The Sky Lark; The Wood Lark. Provenance: Estate of Salli LaGrone, Franklin, TN.
Light toning and scattered foxing, some with later pencil inscriptions in margin, overall excellent condition.