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Parrot Crossbill. Lesser Redpole, a large variety. a. Bill of Parrot Cross Bill. b. Bill of Common Crossbill.

  • ARTIST: Prideaux John Selby

  • PUBLISHER: Edinburgh; Published by Archibald Constable & Co., and Hurst, Robinson & Co. London.

  • MEDIUM: Etching/engraving,

    DATE: 1821-1834.

  • EDITION SIZE: Paper size 25 1/4 x 20 1/2" (64.3 x 52.2 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: From Selby's "Illustrations of British Ornithology", published between 1821 and 1833. This major work was etched/engraved by Selby, mostly after his own drawings, with the assistance of his brother-in-law Captain Robert Mitford. In 1816 Mitford was taught to etch and engrave by Thomas Bewick in Newcastle; he then taught Selby at Twizell House. Two volumes of text appeared, "Land Birds" in 1825 (revised in 1833) and "Water Birds" in 1833.<br><br>

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: On Whatman Turkey Mill watermarked paper, 1824.

  • CONDITION: Good condition with original color, partial crease in upper, into the plate but not into the illustration.