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The Stork (Ciconia Alba) - Eleazar Albin



Títol: The Stork (Ciconia Alba)
Creador: Eleazar Albin
Enllaç extern: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the NGA collection, please visit http://www.nga.gov/
Suport: hand-colored etching
Object Credit: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. George Benjamin Green
Classification: Print
Artist School: British
Artist Nationality: British
Artist Details: British, active 1713/1759

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L'aspic from Description de l'Égypte - Finnin, Denis

American Museum of Natural History


Títol: L'aspic from Description de l'Égypte
Creador: Finnin, Denis
Subject: Rare books, Reptiles, Africa, Snakes
Specimen Location: American Museum of Natural History Library Rare Book Collection
Rights: Information on rights available at the repository.
Repository: American Museum of Natural History
Publisher: American Museum of Natural History Research Library
Plate of Figure Number: Plate 5
Original Caption: L'aspic
Imprint: Paris : Imprimerie de C.L.F. Panckoucke, 1820-1830
Identifier: b11818153_5
Edition: 2. éd.
Description of Publication: 24 v. in 26 : ill. ; 22 cm. + atlases (11 v. : ill. (some col.), maps, plans, ports. ; 74 cm.)
Department / Discipline: Herpetology
Date of Publication: 1820-1830
Date: 2011
Coverage: Egypt
Collection Title: Rare Book Collection
Collection Name: Rare Book Collection

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Phasianus colchicus (Ring-necked Pheasant) - John Gould and W. Hart

National Gallery of Art, Washington DC


Títol: Phasianus colchicus (Ring-necked Pheasant)
Creador: John Gould and W. Hart
Enllaç extern: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the NGA collection, please visit http://www.nga.gov/
Suport: hand-colored lithograph
Object Credit: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. George Benjamin Green
Classification: Print
Artist School: British
Artist Nationality: British
Artist Details: British, active 1851 - 1898

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Male and female Anhinga from Audbon's The birds of America - Chesek, Craig




Títol: Male and female Anhinga from Audbon's The birds of America
Creador: Chesek, Craig
Subject: Birds, Birds -- Pictorial works, Ornithology, South Atlantic States, Birds of South America, Art, Illustrations, Rare books, Bodies of water, Trees
Rights: Information on rights available at the repository
Repository: American Museum of Natural History
Publisher: American Museum of Natural History Research Library
Original Caption: Black-bellied Darter<br />Plotus anhinga. L.
Medium: Lithography
Imprint: London, Pub. by the author, 1827-1838
Identifier: b10564457_3
Description of Publication: 4 v. CCCCXXXV col. pl. 100 cm.
Department / Discipline: Ornithology
Date of Publication: 1838
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Trogan variegatus - John Gould



Títol: Trogan variegatus
Creador: John Gould and W. Hart
Enllaç extern: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the NGA collection, please visit http://www.nga.gov/
Suport: hand-colored lithograph
Object Credit: Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection
Classification: Print
Artist School: British
Artist Nationality: British
Artist Details: British, 1804 - 1881
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The Tithi Protects Her Eggs - Titihari Bird protecting its eggs

Academy of Fine Arts and Literature



Titihari, a bird colloquially called tithi, is always afraid of a cloud or tree branch falling on its nest and destroying its egg. So it sleeps with its legs up to protect its eggs.

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Nesting Common Murres from Gould's The birds of Great Britain - Chesek, Craig

American Museum of Natural History



Títol: Nesting Common Murres from Gould's The birds of Great Britain
Creador: Chesek, Craig
Subject: Birds, Birds -- Pictorial works, Ornithology, Europe, Rare books, Art, Illustrations, Ocean
Rights: Information on rights available at the repository
Repository: American Museum of Natural History
Publisher: American Museum of Natural History Research Library
Original Caption: Uria troile
Medium: Lithography
Imprint: London, Printed by Taylor and Francis, pub. by the author, 1873
Identifier: b10399033_2
Description of Publication: 5 v. col. plates. 37 cm.
Department / Discipline: Ornithology
Date of Publication: 1873
Date: 2013
Coverage: Great Britain, United Kindom
Collection Title: Rare Book Collection
Collection Name: Rare Book Collection

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White stork, Ciconia Ciconia, eating snake in wetland from Belon's L'histoire de la nature des oyseaux - Chesek, Craig


American Museum of Natural History



Títol: White stork, Ciconia Ciconia, eating snake in wetland from Belon's L'histoire de la nature des oyseaux
Creador: Chesek, Craig
Subject: Birds, Ornithology, Birds -- Pictorial works, Europe, Africa, Art, Illustrations, Rare books, Snakes
Rights: Information on rights available at the repository
Repository: American Museum of Natural History
Publisher: American Museum of Natural History Research Library
Original Caption: Pelargos en Grec, Ciconia en Latin, Cigogne en Francoys
Medium: Woodblock prints
Imprint: Paris, G. Cavellat, 1555
Identifier: b10527795_3
Description of Publication: [28], [76], [1] p. illus. (incl. port.) 35 cm.
Department / Discipline: Ornithology
Date of Publication: 1955
Date: 2013
Coverage: Europe, Africa, Asia
Collection Title: Rare Book Collection
Collection Name: Rare Book Collection

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A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with That of a Tiger and a Common Fowl: Human Skeleton, Anterior View - George Stubbs


Yale Center for British Art


Títol: A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with That of a Tiger and a Common Fowl: Human Skeleton, Anterior View
Data de creació: 1795 to 1806
Lloc de creació: London
Subject: front, man, anatomy, skeleton, figure study
Location: Not on View
Inscription: Signed and Dated: Not signed, not dated
Inscription: Inscribed in graphite: anatomical letter and number references; in blue ballpoint ink, in later hand, lower center: "v"; in graphite, verso, upper left: "712.57 | No[?t numbered] | [5]"; in graphite, verso, lower right: "D24 | IR 356/24 | 712.57"
Dimensions físiques: w35.9 x h49.5 cm
Artist: George Stubbs
Tipus: drawing
Enllaç extern: http://collections.britishart.yale.edu/vufind/Record/1666896
Drets: Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Suport: Graphite; verso: graphite on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper with strips of heavy wove paper joined to top and bottom edges; burnished on verso


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Spotted Forktail, Enicurus maculatus, from Gould's Birds of Asia - Finnin, Denis

American Museum of Natural History


Títol: Spotted Forktail, Enicurus maculatus, from Gould's Birds of Asia
Creador: Finnin, Denis
Subject: Rare books, Ornithology, Birds -- Pictorial works, Asia, Art, Illustrations
Rights: Information on rights available at the repository
Repository: American Museum of Natural History
Publisher: American Museum of Natural History Research Library
Original Caption: Enicurus guttatus. Gould.
Medium: Lithography
Imprint: London : Printed by Taylor and Francis, pub. by the author, 1850-1883
Identifier: b10526882_1
Description of Publication: 7 v. : 530 col. pl. ; 56 cm.
Department / Discipline: Ornithology
Date of Publication: 1850-1853
Date: 2013
Coverage: Asia
Collection Title: Rare Book Collection
Collection Name: Rare Book Collection


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Flora Danica: Corn Puppy (1580)

Royal Danish Library



Títol: Flora Danica: Corn Puppy (1580)
Data de creació: 1818
Enllaç extern: The Flora Danica Collection
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A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that of a Tiger and a Common Fowl: Fowl Head and Neck, Lateral View - George Stubbs


Yale Center for British Art


Títol: A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that of a Tiger and a Common Fowl: Fowl Head and Neck, Lateral View
Data de creació: 1795 to 1806
Lloc de creació: Liverpool
Subject: head, bird, anatomy, study (visual work), figure study
Location: Not on View
Inscription: Signed and Dated: Not signed, not dated
Inscription: Marks: "1810" on secondary support
Inscription: Inscribed in graphite: anatomical notes; in graphite, verso, upper left: "F 5"; in graphite, verso, upper right: "701/59"; in graphite, verso, lower right: "701.57 | D.118 | IR 356/118"
Dimensions físiques: w34.3 x h48.9 cm
Artist: George Stubbs
Tipus: drawing
Enllaç extern: http://collections.britishart.yale.edu/vufind/Record/1666991
Drets: Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Suport: Graphite, and pen with iron gall ink on thin, slightly textured, cream wove paper laid down on cream, thick, moderately textured, wove paper

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Cicinnurus regius from Elliot's A monograph of the Paradiseidae - Finnin, Denis

American Museum of Natural History



Títol: Cicinnurus regius from Elliot's A monograph of the Paradiseidae
Creador: Finnin, Denis
Subject: Rare books, Birds, Birds -- Pictorial works, Ornithology, Asia
Specimen Location: American Museum of Natural History Library Rare Book Collection
Rights: Information on rights available at the repository.
Repository: American Museum of Natural History
Publisher: American Museum of Natural History Research Library
Original Caption: Cicinnurus regius
Note: Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library
Medium: Lithography
Imprint: [London] For the subscribers, by the author, 1873.
Identifier: b10610169_4
Description of Publication: xxxii, [90] p. 37 col. pl. 62 x 50 cm.
Department / Discipline: Orinthology
Date of Publication: 1873
Date: 2011
Coverage: New Guinea
Collection Title: Rare Book Collection
Collection Name: Rare Book Collection

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Whale Oil Peg Lamp and Stand - Neva Coffey

National Gallery of Art, Washington DC


Títol: Whale Oil Peg Lamp and Stand
Creador: Neva Coffey
Enllaç extern: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the NGA collection, please visit http://www.nga.gov/
Suport: graphite on paper
Object Credit: Index of American Design
Dimensions: overall: 35.3 x 27.3 cm (13 7/8 x 10 3/4 in.) Original IAD Object: 7 1/8" high; 6 1/4" wide
Classification: Index of American Design
Artist School: American
Artist Nationality: American
Artist Details: American, active c. 1935

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Bimaculated Duck - British 19th Century

National Gallery of Art, Washington DC


Títol: Bimaculated Duck
Creador: British 19th Century
Enllaç extern: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the NGA collection, please visit http://www.nga.gov/
Suport: color lithograph
Object Credit: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. George Benjamin Green
Classification: Print
Artist School: British
Artist Nationality: British
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Pair of Falco biarmicus from Gould's The birds of Europe - Chesek, Craig

American Museum of Natural History


Títol: Pair of Falco biarmicus from Gould's The birds of Europe
Creador: Chesek, Craig
Subject: Rare books, Ornithology, Birds -- Pictorial works, Europe, Art, Illustrations
Rights: Information on rights available at the repository
Repository: American Museum of Natural History
Publisher: American Museum of Natural History Research Library
Original Caption: Lanner Falcons<br />Falco lanarius
Note: Lanner Falcons
Medium: Lithography
Imprint: London, Printed by R. and J. E. Taylor, Published by the author 1837
Identifier: b10409294_1
Description of Publication: 5 v. 449 col. pl. 57 cm.
Department / Discipline: Ornithology
Date of Publication: 1837
Date: 2013
Coverage: Europe
Collection Title: Rare Book Collection
Collection Name: Rare Book Collection

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Flora Danica: Cloudberry (0001)

Royal Danish Library


Títol: Flora Danica: Cloudberry (0001)
Data de creació: 1761
Enllaç extern: The Flora Danica Collection
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Eagle Owl, Bubo maximus - Edward Lear

Museums Victoria



Eagle Owl (Bubo maximus), from "The Birds of Europe", Vol 1 1832-37, by John Gould.

During the 19th century, John Gould (1804-81) brought to world attention the splendour of the planet's avian diversity. In an era infatuated with natural history, these gloriously modelled and coloured images satisfied the demands of passionate naturalists.

Gould was not a gifted draftsman, but he was a determined entrepreneur. He engaged a succession of superb illustrators to create 3000 sumptuous images of birds from Australasia, Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Gould used print-making media for their ability to create multiple original impressions and the etchings is his publications demonstrated precision and delicacy of line. Applying colour remained the most time-consuming part of these processes, with images painstakingly hand-coloured either on the plate or on the print.

Edward Lear, most famous for writing "The owl and the pussycat" poem, was engaged by Gould in 1832 (when he was just 20) to produce lithographs for his grand publication "The Birds of Europe". Lear had gained considerable acclaim for his recent monograph on parrots and Gould wanted only the best for this new volume. However, the pair quarrelled over accreditation of the images and the remainder of the illustrations were produced by Gould's wife Elizabeth.

Lear produced 80 bird portraits for John Gould between 1832 and 1838. His work appears in four of Gould's spectacular imperial folio volumes.

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Red cracker, Hamadryas amphinome, Plate XLVII from The Butterflies of North America by Titian Ramsay Peale - Finnin, Denis

American Museum of Natural History




  • Títol: Red cracker, Hamadryas amphinome, Plate XLVII from The Butterflies of North America by Titian Ramsay Peale
  • Creador: Finnin, Denis
  • Subject: Rare books, Butterflies, Lepidoptera -- North America -- Pictorial works, Art, Painting, Entomology, Insects -- Pictorial works
  • Rights: Information on rights available at the repository.
  • Repository: American Museum of Natural History
  • Publisher: American Museum of Natural History Library
  • Note: Natural Histories: The Butterflies of North America: Titian Peale's Lost Manuscript: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library
  • Medium: Paintings
  • Imprint: Illustrated and described by Titian R. Peale
  • Identifier: b1083009_49
  • Description of Publication: 3 boxes (164 leaves of plates) : 127 ill. (125 col.) ; 33 cm. + 1 case ([145] leaves ; 37 cm.)
  • Department / Discipline: Entomology
  • Date of Publication: [1873-1885]
  • Date: 2014
  • Coverage: North America
  • Collection Title: Rare Book Collection
  • Collection Name: Rare Book Collection

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Shells - Frants Michael Regenfuss

Royal danish Library



In 1758 F.M. Regenfuss from Nurnberg (the Royal Engraver to King Frederic V of Denmark) created a set of 12 hand-coloured plates with 78 figures, masterpieces from both the aesthetic and zoological point of view, each showing a number of beautifully arranged shells. Eight of these plates are shown here.
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Lachesis rhombeata from Wied's Abbildungen zur Naturgeschichte Brasiliens - Finnin, Denis

American Museum of Natural History



  • Títol: Lachesis rhombeata from Wied's Abbildungen zur Naturgeschichte Brasiliens
  • Creador: Finnin, Denis
  • Subject: Rare books, Reptiles, South America, Snakes, Herpetology
  • Specimen Location: American Museum of Natural History Library Rare Book Collection
  • Rights: Information on rights available at the repository
  • Repository: American Museum of Natural History
  • Publisher: American Museum of Natural History Research Library
  • Original Caption: Lachesis rhombeata
  • Note: Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library
  • Medium: Hand-colored engravings
  • Imprint: Weimar : im Verlage des Grossherzogl. Sächs. priv. Landes-Industrie-Comptoirs, 1822-31
  • Identifier: b10663848_5
  • Description of Publication: ca. 200 leaves : col. ill. ; 44 cm.
  • Department / Discipline: Herpetology
  • Date of Publication: 1822-31
  • Date: 2011
  • Coverage: Brazil
  • Collection Title: Rare Book Collection
  • Collection Name: Rare Book Collection

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North American Herpetology - John Edwards Holbrook

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University



  • Títol: North American Herpetology
  • Creador: John Edwards Holbrook
  • Ubicació: Academy Library QL651 .H472, Vol. 4, Pl. 6

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Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Campephilus principalis - John James Audubon

Museums Victoria



Hand-coloured aquatint engraving on paper of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus principalis), showing a male and two females. Plate 66 from "Birds of America" (1840) by John James Audubon. The original scientific name used by the artist was Picus principalis.

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Diphogena aurora (Gould's Rainbow) - John Gould, Henry Constantine Richter

National Gallery of Art, Washington DC



Títol: Diphogena aurora (Gould's Rainbow)
Creador: John Gould and H.C. Richter
Enllaç extern: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the NGA collection, please visit http://www.nga.gov/
Suport: hand-colored lithograph
Object Credit: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. George Benjamin Green
Classification: Print
Artist School: British
Artist Nationality: British
Artist Details: British, 1804 - 1881
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Trogan personatus - Henry Constantine Richter, John Gould

National Gallery of Art, Washington DC


Títol: Trogan personatus
Creador: John Gould and H.C. Richter
Enllaç extern: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the NGA collection, please visit http://www.nga.gov/
Suport: hand-colored lithograph
Object Credit: Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection
Classification: Print
Artist School: British
Artist Nationality: British
Artist Details: British (?), active 1841 - active c. 1881
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The Glass Snake (Anguis ventralis) - Mark Catesby

National Gallery of Art, Washington DC



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Parrot (Le Perroquet Brunatre. Pfittacus Fulcus Mexicanus) - Johann Sebastian Leitner after George Edwards

National Gallery of Art, Washington DC



Títol: Parrot (Le Perroquet Brunatre. Pfittacus Fulcus Mexicanus)
Creador: Johann Sebastian Leitner after George Edwards
Enllaç extern: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the NGA collection, please visit http://www.nga.gov/
Suport: hand-colored etching
Object Credit: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. George Benjamin Green
Classification: Print
Artist School: German
Artist Nationality: German
Artist Details: German, 1715 - 1795

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The Logger-head Turtle (Testudo Cavanna) - Mark Catesby




Títol: The Logger-head Turtle (Testudo Cavanna)
Creador: Mark Catesby
Enllaç extern: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the NGA collection, please visit http://www.nga.gov/
Suport: hand-colored etching
Object Credit: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. George Benjamin Green
Classification: Print
Artist School: British
Artist Nationality: English
Artist Details: English, 1679 - 1749

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