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Auction 144, Lot 163

The "Beetle" Map

"Verschiedene Reisen des Auctoris", Seligmann, Johann Michael

Subject: Northern Europe

Period: 1749 (circa)

Publication: Sammlun Verschiedenen Auslandischer und Seltener Vogel

Color: Hand Color

8 x 10 inches
20.3 x 25.4 cm
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This fascinating map was originally drawn by George Edwards (1694-1773), an artist, naturalist and ornithologist who is most famous for his beautiful bird engravings published in his "Natural History of Birds" in 1743. Edwards' publication was immediately popular, and was subsequently republished in several editions, including this German edition published between 1749-76 with plates re-engraved by Johann Michael Seligmann. The map shows Edwards' journeys between 1716-1730 to study his beloved birds and other natural creatures, including Holland in 1716 and again in 1730, Norway in 1718, and France from 1719-21. The map is embellished with several findings of natural history from his other travels abroad. At top is the large beak of an Egyptian Ibis. Below are two life-size drawings of stag beetles from Borneo in the East Indies. And at bottom is the Least Humming Bird from Jamaica with its egg, also drawn life-size. Edwards' interest in natural history was boundless and this wonderful map, with its curious combination of cartography and the natural world, is a rare and very attractive curiosity.

References: cf Shirley (BI to 1750), Edwards 1.

Condition: A

Original color with a few very minor spots.

Estimate: $250 - $350

Sold for: $300

Closed on 4/3/2013