Mark Catesby's Natural history of America: the watercolours from the Royal Library, Windsor Castle.

Mark Catesby's Natural history of America: the watercolours from the Royal Library, Windsor Castle. Henrietta McBurney.
Mark Catesby's Natural history of America: the watercolours from the Royal Library, Windsor Castle.
Mark Catesby's Natural history of America: the watercolours from the Royal Library, Windsor Castle.

London: Merrell Holberton, 1997. Quarto, 60 colour plates, bookplate of Margaret Stones, tipped in letters from the author on Royal Trust letterhead to Stones, fine copy in dustwrapper.

The watercolours in this book were taken from the special edition of Natural history of America purchased by King George III. Natural history of America was the first comprehensive study of the flora and fauna of the eastern seaboard of North America and was twenty years in the making from 1729 to 1749. It was the life work of Mark Catesby (1682-1749), an English naturalist and artist and is considered the most important precursor of Audubon.

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