Cornelius Nozeman bird prints.  Published in the Netherlands from 1770-1829 and issued in parts,  the entire series took an astonishing 59 years to complete.  Nederlandsche Vogelen is known as the finest bird book the Dutch produced on ornithology and the authors were Cornelius Nozeman, Christian Sepp, Janus Sepp and Martin Houttyn.

Nozeman Bird Prints from Nederlandsche Vogelen or the Birds of the Netherlands.

These are large folio hand colored copper engravings, hand made laid rag.  Published from 1770 to 1829.  These antique engravings come from the finest work on birds published by the Dutch. Theses are water birds, favorite shore birds…

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These Rare Bird Engravings took an amazing 59 years to publish!

These magnificent antique bird engravings are the work of Cornelius Nozeman, Christian Sepp and Martinus Houttyn.   Commonly referred to as “Nozeman bird prints.”  These authentic antique prints were published from 1779-1820. It took an amazing 59 years to complete this laborious work on Birds of the Netherlands.  During that period, the Dutch colonized areas all over the world.  These magnificent antiques are hand colored copper plate engravings. They were printed onto hand made, hand laid rag paper.  Nederlandsche Vogelen meaning the Birds of the Netherlands. Each old print measures 15×21.5″  Oustanding, near perfect condition.

18th century craftsmen published Nederlandsche Vogelen.

A laborious craft of all those involved in producing something like these magnificent Nozeman bird prints.  First, to find, acquire and identify the species. Second… the illustrations had to be meticulously drawn, with only the best accuracy. 

The paper was hard to acquire.  Just making paper during the 18th Century required tremendous skill.  A learned lifetime craft. 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. but has the ability to survive many Centuries.

LATER the image would be transferred onto a copper plate and engraved with burins, another life skill.  The engraver would have to re engrave another plate after just 300 strikes. Then there was illumination.  Water colorists would die at young ages, due to licking tips of their paint brushes. 

Popularity of publications depended on how many sets or subscriptions the publisher could sell.  Perhaps a set like these rare bird engravings  would only be acquired by the wealthiest universities, clergy, noblemen, doctors and solicitors.

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Published by Anne Hall

I am a naturalist by trade & by passion. I am a 2nd generation dealer of fine antique prints and I enjoy providing my clientele personalized service.

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