Lot 11
  • 11

Shaw, George and John Frederick Miller

3,000 - 5,000 GBP
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  • Cimelia Physica. Figures of rare and curious quadrupeds, birds, &c. London: T. Bensley, 1796
  • paper
FIRST EDITION, folio (522 x 360mm.), 60 hand-coloured engraved plates, contemporary straight-grained brown morocco gilt, [Fine Bird Books, p.94; Nissen IVB 638, BBI 1377; Stafleu TL2 6033; Wood, p.465; Zimmer, p.585], bookplate of Madelaine Jay, title and first two plates creased with small repairs, occasional spotting, binding rubbed with wear to spine ends

Catalogue Note

The plates first appeared in 1776-1792 under the title Various subjects of natural history, but this is virtually unknown. The text by Shaw is unique to this 1796 issue. John Frederick Miller, the son of the noted botanical artist John Miller, was employed by Sir Joseph Banks and thus had access to the numerous zoological specimens which Banks constantly received. He painted and etched these subjects, and probably coloured the plates himself as well. The Cimelia is primarily known as an ornithological work, but it also contains a number of important plant portraits, most of which are the first illustrations of the species depicted.