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Leaves from the Book of Nature


Advertising posters with groupings of etchings by William H. Lizars, created for publication in Sir William Jardine's The Naturalist's Library. Edinburgh: W.H. Lizars, 1833-45. Full sheets ca. 22 x 16 1/5. Original hand color. Sheets somewhat browned and brittle, with some edge tears and chipping. Overall, bright color, attractive appearance and good condition.

A very unusual set of posters intended to advertise the publication of William Jardine's famous The Naturalist's Library. This was a popular scientific account first issued in 40 volumes between 1833 and 1845, and intended to describe and illustrate all vertebrate species. The prints in the Library were finely etched and published by William H. Lizars, a leading engraver from Edinburgh, well known as the engraver for the first five plates in Audubon's Birds of America. These posters contain a collage of images taken from the original books, and each is crowned with a title that reads "Leaves from the Book of Nature." At the bottom is the text: "For Full Description Vide The Naturalist's Library. Published by W.H. Lizars Edinburgh. S. Highley London. & W. Curry Junr. & Co. Dublin. And sold by all Book & Print Sellers."

Note: Some digital images were taken through mylar. Yellowish tinge on some is due to photography, not the print itself; colors are brighter than they appear here.

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