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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