Great Curassow, Crax Rubra by Eleazer Albin

Great Curassow, Crax Rubra by Eleazer Albin

$285.00

Great Curassow, Crax Rubra ALBIN, Eleazer. Plate from A Natural History of Birds, London, 1731-38. Hand-colored copperplate engraving. Sheet size: 11 W x 9 inches; image size: 10 U x 8 Q inches. A charming, representative image from the first bird book published with colored plates. The title page says the birds were “curiously engraven from life,” and this is surely a curious likeness of what is in any case a most unusual bird, native to the neotropics. Although Albin’s book mostly consisted of English species, examples of more exotic birds such as the great curassow were being brought to England. He says the bird was drawn from life, but in his time that could just as well mean it was drawn from a specimen, which is more likely. Framed

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