18th & 19th Century Bookplates of Owls Antique Lithographs of Scops, Eagle, Snowy, Hawk & Eagle Owl by Gould, Buffon, Lear, Susemihl, Morris & Catesby.  Owl translates to Strix, bubo, ibis and noctua in Latin;  Hibou in French; Eule in German.

John Gould Owls!  Antique Owl Lithographs c.1860-1875

John Gould had a passion for Ornithology.  As a result Gould illustrated world class works on birds from 1832-1888.  Gould’s birds had to be completed by his associates,  after his death until 1888.   Issued in parts by subscription,  which were published in London, England.  Below is a selection of John Gould original hand water colored lithographs.

English hand colored lithographs published London from c.1860-1875. There is an assortment of Birds of Great Britain, Birds of Europe and Birds of Australia. The books were issued to subscribers in parts, in a large folio size.  Illustrated with the greatest detail as bookplates.  Each piece measures 14 3/4 x 21 1/2″

Owletts Hibou Eule Strix

The Art of 19th Century Lithography

To create a lithograph, a special limestone piece was drawn upon with a sort of a greasy crayon. The slab of limestone was then dipped into nitric acid which burnt away parts not under the greasy crayon.  The slab of limestone was wiped off and inked up, then watercolors could be professionally added.

Edouard Travies Folio Les Oiseaux les Plus Remarquables 1857

An action filled depiction of a Barn Owl with wings spread catching a small mammal.  Full of action, this hand colored lithograph from 1857 is exactly what Edouard Travies set out to accomplish.  The title of his book is Les Oiseaux les Plus Remarqables and is just that! From observation in the wild,  remarkable birds in different positions & compositions compared to other great bird books. Scarce.  Excellent condition with intense caramel colors & blues.  Double matted to 22×28″ $2500.

Edward Lear Great Grey Owl

One of the most remarkable images ever published on the Great Great.  Full folio, hand colored lithograph c.1860.  Mint condition, strong color, measuring 14 3/4 x 21 1/2.  POR Call Anne at 413-245-4197.

Framed 18th Century Owls Antique Engravings by Compte de Buffon

Wonderful mid Eighteenth Century hand colored copper plate engravings on hand made hand laid rag paper by perhaps the most famous French naturalist George LeClerc Compte de Buffon.  Published for his amazing encyclopedic collection of all fauna known, Histoire Naturelle was published from 1749-1761 in Paris and Amsterdam.

Each piece is framed beautifully in a weathered solid wood frame about 2 1/2″ wide.  High quality double archival matting with a hint of cream and UV glass.  Complete details about the engravings are attached to the reverse.  Each of the framed antique engravings, measures 16 x 19″ and are priced at $450. each or the four for $1400. Call Anne at 413-245-4197 to place your order.

framed antique Hibou owl engraving

Reverend Morris Antique Engravings

Morris published his work on birds in 1890.  These are English hand colored wood engravings were produced by Reverend F.O. Morris and his entire congregation. Morris loved birds which is apparent in the illustrations he authored and published books on birds, eggs and nests.

Antique owl engravings with original hand coloring including the Hawk, Mottled, and the Snowy. Each antique hand colored engraving from 1890 measures about 6 1/2 x 10″. Excellent condition with bright water coloring.  Click here to contact us.

How were the Morris antique owl engravings crafted in the 19th century?

FIRST… Original illustrations needed to be procured in the Strix’s natural state, from specimens or by seeing other naturalists work on the subject.  The illustrations were transferred onto boxwood plates which measured about 1″ thick.  Boxwood was an available wood in Great Britain and was easily engravable.  Each slab of wood was carefully engraved with special engraver’s tools known as burins and when the owls-antique engravings were finished to satisfaction, the engravings were ready for printing.  Each engraving was carefully inked up with black ink by a skilled craftsman that operated a printing press. The inked boxwood plate was pressed onto a high quality piece of paper. After the ink dried, the water color illumination was added by hand.

Assorted antique owl engravings & lithographs:

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If you are interested in seeing more owls, please contact me. Phone: 413-245-4197 Email: anne@annehallantiqueprints.comLearn more about North American owls at the Owl Research Institute

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