May 292018

John Gould Hummingbirds: Original Antique Lithographs from the 19th Century, in excellent condition and bright colors…

John Gould Hummingbirds: Original Antique Hand Colored Lithographs from the 19th Century:

John Gould Hummingbirds – revered by collectors and naturalists alike:

Perhaps the most prolific and beloved Ornithological Publisher of the 19th Century was John Gould. John Gould lived from 1804 to 1881 and was from England. In nineteenth century Europe his name was as well known as Audubon’s was in North America. Unlike Audubon, whose life’s work focused on one region, John Gould traveled extensively and employed artists to help create his lavish hand-colored lithographs in folio size. This effort was funded the merchant class, as well as the clergy and royal family. He published a total of 2999 different bird plates, which issued in parts of subscriptions that were sold or funded.  It is said that John Gould Hummingbirds collection of actual specimens was over 2000 skins. His father was a taxidermist for the royals, and spurred his interest in collecting specimens and depicting them through the art of lithography.  For one and one half centuries, and for many years to come, these beautiful, finely executed antique lithographs with water colors will complement your collection and home decor.

A Family of Hummingbirds or A Monograph of the Trochilidae, 1849-1861

Considered to be Gould’s passion and greatest work were his hummingbirds. Some four hundred eighteen species were depicted by the artists John Gould, H.C. Richter and William Hart.Each of these John Gould Hummingbirds exquisitely defines these beloved birds. John Gould’s hummingbirds are shown with with the flora indigenous to the area for the birds. Strong botanical elements add a dimension not found in other great bird books.  A Family of Hummingbirds or A Monograph of the Trochilidae, was published in England from 1849-1861.  These stunning hummingbird prints required the tremendous skill of lifelong craftsmen and apprentices. From the creation of the paper, lithograph and the application of the the color to the black and white lithographs: gold leafing, transparent oil and water colors, with highlights of lacquer and gum arabic. This is was speaks loudly to anyone who has the opportunity to appreciate the origian works of John Gould.

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Jan 212018

Song Birds John Gould Antique Hand Colored Lithographs, Martinet Birds French Hand Colored Engravings, Studer’s Birds of North America and more… everything is the real deal!


Song Birds John Gould. Beautiful antique hand colored lithographs from England dating from 1840 to 1888.

John Gould Birds! Hand water colored lithographs published in England 1840-1888.  The bird illustrations are in very good condition with bright water colors. Measuring @14-22″.   These are no less than LOVELY old bird prints! Please inquire as to the availability of others. Click here to contact us.


Francois Martinet Pretty Birds. French Water Colored Copper Engravings 1770-1783

Francois Martinet. Coming from the finest work the French published on bird. Even with a staff of 70 people, the work took some 13 years from 1770-1783 to complete. These are French water colored copper plate engravings by Francois Martinet. Each old engraving measures @9×12.” Specially priced at $175. each when you purchase 3 or more. Click here to contact us.


JJ Audubon Song Birds. Lockwood Edition, Hand Colored 1870

JJ Audubon Birds Lockwood 1870 Edition. These are all North American birds. Chromolithographs of North American. Double matted in rag to 9×12″ Click here to contact us.


Reverend F.O. Morris Song Birds Hand Colored Wood Engravings 1860

Reverend F.O. Morris song bird prints from 1890. These are English hand colored wood engravings by a Reverend and his congregation. These are @6×9, and will mat up to @ 9×12 or 11×14.”  So……. Cheep and Cheerful   at   75. each. Click here to contact us.

Song Birds! Woodpeckers by Morris! Charming Hand Colored Engravings 1890

Song Birds!  These are old Woodpecker prints by F.O. Morris from 1890.  These are English water colored engravings of one of our favorite birds… THE WOODPECKER!!  Each measures about 6×9″  and will frame up beautifully to 9×12″ or 11×14.” Click here to contact us.

Raven & Crow Framed! 1890 Reverend Morris Hand Colored Engravings-

Song Birds by Jacob Studer’s Birds of North America. Chromolithographs 1865-1885

Jacob Studer’s Birds of North America was published in Philadelphia, 1865-1885. These are lovely old chromolithographs of birds we love to see… The pileated wood pecker! IVORY BILLED WOODPECKER! Even an old print of Cardinals! Click here to contact us.



THE BALTIMORE ORIOLE!!! A Lovely American Chromolithograph $85.

Old song bird lithographs & engravings,  pre 1900. Antique prints of robins, finches, humming birds, woodpeckers, titmice, thrushes and other pretty little birds one may see at the bird feeder.  Large John Gould hand colored lithographs date from 1860-1880. The work on song birds John Gould and Audubon, and others. Even our cheap and cheerful Morris birds are antique 1890 hand colored engravings! Tweet … Tweet…Old prints of song birds! Antique engravings & lithographs of song birds by ornithologists including Gould, Morris, Gentry & Audubon. Song birds: robins, finches & woodpeckers, titmice and hummingbirds… Old prints produced from 1640-1900 of little birds that can sing the prettiest tunes… Song birds by John Gould, and J.J. Audubon…  Pretty birds you might see at the bird feeder.  Antique hand colored lithographs and engravings of woodpeckers, thrush, titmice, sparrows and finches.  Ornithologists include F.O. Morris, John Gould, Studer, and Gentry.  Old prints of birds! Song Birds!  Old song bird lithographs & engravings. Antique prints of robins, humming birds, woodpeckers.   Gould hand colored lithographs date from 1860-1880.    The work of John Gould and Audubon bird prints.  Even our cheap and cheerful Morris birds are antique 1890 hand colored engravings!  Tweet … Tweet…Old engravings and lithographs of song birds.  Pretty birds you might see at the bird feeder.  Antique hand colored lithographs and engravings of woodpeckers, thrush, titmice, sparrows and finches.  Ornithologists include F.O. Morris, John Gould, Jacob Studer, and Gentry.  Old prints of birds! Song Birds John Gould, Martinet, Studer & Morris. Old Prints of bird feeder type birds! These are antiques… Do you love to watch the birds? A specialty of ours is birds. Enjoy!

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Jan 212017
Seligmann Song Bird Engravings with George Edwards

These Dr. Seligmann Song Bird engravings were a collaborative edition with the famous Ornithologist George Edwards!  These antique hand colored engravings, on hand made hand laid paper are from 1771-1776!

Seligmann Song Bird Engravings with George Edwards, Beautiful  Antique Hand Colored Engravings

These Dr. J. Seligmann Song Bird Engravings were published as collaborative edition with the famous Ornithologist George Edwards work and the work of Mark Catesby.  This famous joint effort of George Edwards and Dr. Seligmann rendered larger and enhanced with descriptive text in Latin, English, French and German.    Beautiful hand colored copper plate engraving on hand made laid linen rag. They were published from 1771-1776 in Amsterdam, Holland. The engravings have struck the paper beautifully, they are clean and crisp strikes.   The incredible vivid water coloring by hand is completely original and done at the time they were produced.  These are beautiful water colored copper plate engravings on heavy hand made hand laid linen rag. The paper measures 11 x 17 1/2″ The plate marks measure about 8 x 10 3/4″ These are priced at $350. each, discounts on 3 or more.   Click here to contact us.

A laborious craft of all those involved in producing something like these Seligmann George Edwards Birds. First one had to find and identify the species. Second the illustrations had to be meticulously drawn, with the best accuracy. The image would be transferred onto a copper plate and engraved with burins. The paper was hard to acquire, and the engraver would have to re engrave another plate after just 300 strikes. The water colorists would die at young ages, due to licking tips of their paint brushes. Yet these old prints still exist in super fine condition and exemplary condition. That is mostly due to the quality of the rag paper. Paper was made of rag right up through the turn of the 20th Century. Coming from linen, flax, etc, NOT TREES, there was no acid in the paper. Very expensive to acquire, inconsistent, etc. TODAY Paper is made from trees, and was during the 20th Century, is highly acidic and does not last for long.

The history of printing is a fascinating subject. People had life long trades of professional crafts during the 17th, 18th, and even during the 19th Centuries. Paper making, hand made rag papers, wove rag papers, all employed prior to making paper from trees as we do today. Antique printing methods include copper plate engraving, steel plate engraving, wood engravings. Lithographs and chromolithographs. Illumination by Hand Coloring, using water colors, and printing in colors by limestone plates. That doesn’t even take into account obtaining or creating the illustrations, producing the documentation and text…

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Aug 232016

Audubon Birds.  c. 1870 Lockwood Edition Hand Colored Lithographs Framed:


Audubon Birds.  c. 1870 Lockwood Edition Hand Colored Lithographs. Double Matted in rag to 9×12″ to fit a standard sized frame:

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JJ Audubon Birds Lockwood Edition published in 1870. These are hand colored lithographs. They are the illustrations of John James Audubon for Birds of North America. Audubon’s illustrations were transferred onto a specially crafted flat piece of limestone. What adventially would be in relief was drawn in with a kind of a greasy crayon. It took tremendous skill to be a lithographer. One would serve an apprenticeship for years before becoming a lithographer. If you were not good, you would never work for a major firm. Your job depended on your skill. Once finished with meticulous detail, the limestone plate was emerged into nitric acid. The nitric acid burned away the parts of the limestone that was not protect extend by the greasy crayon. The plate was cleaned off, inked up and printed in black ink. The porosity of the limestone had to have a just the right consistency and posits for printing purposes. The water colors were added professionally hand colored at the time of production, back in 1870. This work is one of the few old works published on North American Birds during the 1800’s. Vintage hand colored lithographs from 1870. These are all North American birds. The lithographs are in good condition. The illustrations are of North American species. each old lithograph has double matted in rag to 9×12″. JJ Audubon Bird Lockwood Edition are affordable and a part of American History.

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Oct 312014

Fuertes, Louis Agassiz Fuertes Antique Illustrations of American Birds!

Fuertes Birds.  Louis Agassiz Fuertes is known best for his OUSTANDING antique illustrations of North American Birds. I am not sure how he did such an incredible job illustrating birds, as it takes quite an extraordinary feel for art to see a bird and draw it. They move incredibly quickly, therefore one must wait and wait to see his subject, or have an incredible memory for details. Louis Agassiz Fuertes was very talented ornithologist. His artwork is exemplary when it comes to North American Birds. Old, vintage prints of his are very desirable amongst North American birders. Fuertes was an illustrator and artist. He set new standards for ornithological art and is considered as one of the most prolific American bird artists after John James Audubon. He made thousands of bird paintings and sketches, based on studies in nature and details from fresh specimens, that illustrate a range of ornithological works. Many of Fuertes’ paintings remain popular and in-demand today. In particular, a 1924 oil painting, Wild Turkey, sold for $86,250 at a January 2012 auction in New York. Fuertes’ love of animals and landscapes comes through in his paintings; there is a notable vivacity and excitement present in his work that has created long-term value. These lovely old photographically printed illustrations were published c.1900 in the state of NY. These are Fuertes bird illustrations. Each old bird print measures 9 1/4 x 12″ Click here to contact us.

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