This is plate 57 from from James Boltonís Harmonia Ruralis; Or An Essay Towards a Natural History of British Song Birds. Overall size approx : 305 by 230 mm. Image/plate Size approx.: 200 by 150 mm. In very good clean condition with lovely hand colouring and the very faintest of text off-setting. A very nice original hand coloured engraving from the 1830 edition of James Bolton's Harmonia Ruralis. ** James Bolton's final published work was Harmonia Ruralis, an "essay towards a natural history of British songbirds", issued in two volumes (1794-6). Birds and their nests were drawn from life, whilst the text contained many of Bolton's first-hand observations. Two subsequent editions were published in 1830 and 1845 *** Bolton, James (1735-1799), natural history artist and mycologist. Bolton lived for his entire life in the Halifax area, which provided a rich source of material, particularly fungi, for his drawings, but he also travelled and collected in the Craven district of Yorkshire, neighbouring counties, and north Wales. He communicated with key botanists of his day, including Jean Bulliard, James Dickson, John Lightfoot, and Carl Willdenow. He was elected an honorary member of the Natural History Society of Edinburgh, and in 1788 the genus Boltonia (Compositae) was named by Charles L'Heritier de Brutelle in his honour. Bolton is best remembered as the author of three major works, Filices Britannicae (2 vols., 1785-90), An History of Fungusses Growing about Halifax (3 vols., 1788-90; supplement, 1791), and Harmonia ruralis (2 vols., 1794-6), the illustrations to all of which he drew and etched himself. His History of Fungusses was republished in German in four volumes, with inferior plates, as Geschichte der Merkwürdigsten (1795-1820). He also provided the illustrations for Richard Relhan's Flora Cantabrigiensis (1785). (ODNB). Bookseller Inventory # 001710
Title: Blackcap, Original Hand Coloured Engraving, ...
Publisher: W. Simpkin & R. Marshall
Publication Date: 1830
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