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    Mark Catesby (1682-1749). Two Prints: Ardea Stellaris minima/The Small Bittern. [and:] Ispida/The King-Fisher.

    Two very appealing hand-colored copper engravings from the first or second edition of Catesby's landmark publication, The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (London: 1731-1743). Both prints are on watermarked laid paper. Ardea Stallaris is mildly toned; there is some foxing, almost all of which is outside the platemark. Bottom of sheet shows partial binding edge (left half shows stitching holes, right half has been unevenly trimmed just above stitching holes). 20.5 x 14.25 inches. [and:] Ispida has some minor speckling inside the platemark. 14.25 x 20.5 inches. Both prints have light penciled notations.

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