21 Catesby The natural history of Carolina, Florida...180


Description: Ebenaceae - Sciurus volans + Diospyros virginiana - Guajacana
From: The natural history of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands by Mark Catesby. London, 1731-1743 or 1754, plate 76. Hand-coloured engraving by the author (sheet 345 × 500 mm). Text enclosed in photocopy.

"Catesby's Natural History is the most famous colorplate book of American plant and animal life; … a fundamental and original work for the study of American species." (Hunt). Catesby is considered to have possibly served as a model for Audubon in setting animals against appropiate, often botanical, backgrounds. As a young man he studied the natural sciences in London and in 1712 travelled to Virginia, returning in 1719 with an extensive collection of plants. This collection attracted the attention of Sir Hans Sloane, who helped fund Catesby's second trip to Carolina, Georgia, Florida and the Bahamas from 1722 to 1729. Upon his return to London he began preparing his book, and as he could not afford artists, he drew and engraved the plates himself, with the exception of three by Ehret.
* Pritzel 1602; Dunthorne 72; Nissen BBI 336; Great flower books p. 53; Hunt 486; Stafleu & Cowan 1057.
  • Number: 1800178
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