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Title   [Manuscript] Ornithology

Binding   Half Morocco

Book Condition   Very Good

Seller ID   005568

N.d., circa 1830s. Folio, 36 by 27 cm. 192 numbered pages, 22 of which are given over to striking illustrations of birds made by a mix of precise cut-outs of hand-colored bird forms from "American Ornithology" by Wilson and meticulous pencil drawings of branches and other background elements in a style emulative of Wilson. Thus these illustrations can be described as both mixed media, as there is an element of collage combined with direct drawing onto the page, and folk art, for while the bird paintings are not themselves folk art, the entirety of creation is! These bird plates have hand-written captions which identify the birds, usually two per page, give or take. On many of the pages between these illustrations are hand-written, in a neat hand, verse as one finds typically in a commonplace book of this era. The latter part of the album is an herbarium, with a good number of blank leaves as well. We do not know who created this manuscript, but we think it likeliest it was done in England, notwithstanding the bird cut-outs come from "American Ornithology", based on the binding above all else.

Price = 3500.00 USD



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