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Auction 144, Lot 286

"The Porcupine from Hudson's Bay",

Subject: Prints Animal

Period: 1742 (dated)

Publication: A Natural History of Uncommon Birds

Color: Hand Color

10.5 x 7.5 inches
26.7 x 19.1 cm
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George Edwards was an Englishman who occupied the position of Librarian at the Royal College of Physicians in 1733, while pursuing his natural interest in Ornithology. Between 1742-1751, Edwards produced "A Natural History of Birds," also called "The Natural History of Uncommon Birds, and of some other Rare and Undescribed Animals..." in 4 volumes. It was an instant success due in large part to his precise, detailed and accurate drawings. He was known to paint his specimen several times over before engraving them on copper. This copper engraving depicts a porcupine from Hudson Bay.


Condition: B+

Original color on hand laid paper with minor soiling primarily confined to blank margins, and a few edge tears also confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $200 - $240

Sold for: $140

Closed on 4/3/2013