UROGALLUS MINOR... [HEATH HEN OR GREATER PRAIRIE CHICKEN AND THE EASTERN SHOOTING STAR].

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Mark Catesby

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Urogallus minor... [Heath Hen or Greater Prairie Chicken and the Eastern Shooting Star].

Etching, handcolored, 1754.
Paper size 20 5/8 x 14 1/4" (52.3 x 36 cm).
Good condition. Original color
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 54793
Price: $7,000.00
Publisher :
Title continues, "...fuscus cervice, plumis Alas imitantibus donata; Meadia. Appendix plate 1." This is the now extinct Heath Hen or Greater Prarie Chicken that was once found on the eastern seaboard from New England to Virginia. The 'Eastern Shooting Star' or Dodecatheon Meadia is the plant depicted. From "The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands: Containing Figures of Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Serpents, Insects and Plants. . . ." Engravings by Catesby, published in London. This impression is from the second edition. 18th-19th Century Subjects , Natural History - Birds , Mark Catesby

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