Auction 140, Lot 844

"Der Kleine Sperling", Seligmann, Johann Michael

Subject: Birds

Period: 1776 (circa)

Publication: Sammlung Verschiedener Auslandischer und Seltener Vogel

Color: Hand Color

8.5 x 12 inches
21.6 x 30.5 cm

This beautiful engraving is a German version of the work of Mark Catesby, who has been called the "Father of American Ornithology" due to his Natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands, the first natural history of American flora and fauna. This scene depicts a Savannah Sparrow and a large moth with purple Carolina bindweed (Convolvulus Carolinensis). The sheet measures 10 x 15". Johnann Seligmann (1720-1762) was a Nuremberg engraver and publisher. He published a German translation of Catesby’s work between 1749 and 1776.


Condition: A

Nice strong impression and lovely original color with just a few minor spots and light soiling along the edges.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $200

Closed on 5/23/2012