Among the wealth of ornithological, zoological and botanical works offered in this sale is a stunning collection of almost a thousand early 19th century ornithological watercolours. The thirteen volumes were assembled by the colourful Emperor Woodford in an attempt to capture all known birds. The artists, who included Richard Ramsey Reinagle, Thomas Lewin and Sydenham Edwards, drew on the natural history collections of the day such as those of François Levaillant, Joseph Banks, The Leverian Museum and the menagerie of the Prince of Orange. When hard times forced Woodford to sell the drawings at Sotheby’s in 1809, the collection was acquired by the bibliophile John Dent, who made it available to the ornithologist John Latham for his General History of Birds, first published in 1821.
Fine books on Natural History and other subjects collected by the Earl of Perth, from the library at Stobhall also feature, as well as a collection of books on orchids, rare early photographs of China, a Dutch 17th-century wall map of Southeast Asia and Australia, and a portolan chart of northern Europe by Francesco Oliva.
The binding has been rebacked, retaining the original spine.
This copy has one errata leaf, at the end of the first volume (laid down); copies are known with further errata slips bound in, not present here.
This date should read [1580 or later]. As stated in the catalogue, this work was printed over many years. The present copy corresponds to the edition identified by Thiebaud 858 as being eighteenth-century.
The illustration on page 57 of the printed catalogue is for lot 102, not 101, which is not illustrated in the printed catalogue. Included in this lot is an original prospectus with a list of subscribers to the prints of Amoy.
The illustration on page 57 of the printed catalogue is for lot 102, not 101, which is not illustrated in the printed catalogue.
Please note that there is a repair to the title affecting a couple of letters on the reverse which have been supplied in ink. The title and final leaf of text have been repaired in the inner margin, which does not affect the text.
Please note that the estimate in the printed catalogue should read 5,000-6,000 GBP.
The binding has been re-backed, retaining original spine. There are new endpapers.
This shows views in Kennermerland in general, rather along the river Vecht.
Please note that there are no later photographic prints of the lantern slides in this lot.