Mark Catesby

Mark Catesby, ( 1682 - 1749 ) was born in England. His first extended journey to the Southeast of the United States of North America took place between 1712 and 1719. He was an artist with a sharp observing eye and began to depict animals, birds, reptiles, insects and plants which he later published in London as Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands. This illustrative and zoologically and biologically exact work was the first important rendering in this field. It was then as much admired as it is in our time. After returning to England he won important and well to do people as sponsors for his work. He returned to America in 1722 and onward to Bermuda in 1725. He collected specimen of plants and animals and sketched what he saw. He learned the craft of engraving and made copper etchings for his publication. He began publishing his significant Natural History in 1731, thus becoming the first to publish a serious, scientific rendering of American flora and fauna. Catesby finished the mentioned publication in 1747, two years before he died.

Our copper etchings, all in original hand coloring, are as decorative as they are scientific. Their folio size adds to the pleasure viewing them. Our plates stem from the 1754 edition. They are generally clean and well preserved. Any faults are individually mentioned.

A German edition of Mark Catesby's birds along with the birds of George Edwards was published by Johann Michael Seligman between 1749 and 1776 in Nuremberg. We do have some prints of this edition and show them here.

Page size: ca 33 x 49 cm (12.9 x 19.2") with horizontal images.
Some variation in page sizes. Some natural light age toning.

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Vipera Fusca - Catesby

"Vipera Fusca Arum"

Light browning on margin edges.

$ 750.00

Order Nr. CATESBY250479

"An Ricinoides Anguis ventre cuprei coloris"

Good condition

$ 750.00

Order Nr. CATESBY250480

Lacertus Indicus Anona maxima

Light browning on margin edges.

$ 780.00

Order Nr. CATESBY4502

Lacertus Viscum

Light browning on margin edges. Very light age toning.

$ 550.00

Order Nr.CATESBY4518

"Cancer marinus chelis rubris. Titanokeratophyton ramosissimum crusta eleganti tuberculata"

A few very minor spots in left margin.

Page size: 32.5 x 49 cm ( 12.7 x 19.2 ")

$ 650.00

Order Nr. CATESBY250481

Mormyrus ex cinereo nigricans

Right margin has small repaired tear and frayed edge. Small repaired tear on left margin edge. Light browning on margin edges. Fish image is strong and clean.



Phylanthos Americana Planta flores ad foliorum crenas proferens.

Small, repaired tear on left margin edge.

Page size: 49.5 x 35 cm ( 19.4 x 13.7 ")

$ 480.00

Order Nr. CATESBY4527

Manghala arbor Curassavica folis Salignis
Frutex trifolius refinosus floribus tetra-petalis albis racemosis.

Repaired tear ( 11.7 cm ) in upper right margin ca 1 cm from plate border.
Right margin edge is frayed with some tiny tears.

$ 780.00

Order Nr. CATESBY4503

Rana Aquatica Saracena

Tiny area of thin paper on upper margin edge.

Page size: 47 x 32 cm ( 18.5 x 12.5 ")


No Title - In the upper left: SVPPL. In the upper right: VI.
Paper has more fine age toning than photo shows.
Small repair in lower left margin corner.

Page size: 47 x 32.5 cm ( 18.5 x 12.7 ")

$ 550.00

Order Nr. CATESBY4531

No Title

Print has repaired tear in lower margin corner. Light smearing of black seed in image.

Page size 48 x 33.5 cm ( 18.8 x 13.1 ")

$ 480.00

Order Nr. CATESBY4524

No Title

Light creasing in lower right corner.

Page size: 47.5 x 35 cm ( 18.7 x 13.7 ")

$ 480.00

Order Nr. CATESBY4526

Lacertus Candela Americana

Light browning around margin edges.



This fish head is part of a two-page fish print. We only have this part. Maybe someone has the rest of the fish.

Crease in lower right margin corner.

Page size: 35 x 50 cm ( 13.7 x 19.6 ")


Cornus folius Salicis Laureae acuminatis; floribus albis; fructu Sassafras.
An Phaseolus minor lactescens flore purpeo. Orbis Loevis variegatus.

Light, pleasant age toning not visible on this photograph.

Page size: 49 x 32.5 cm ( 23.2 x 12.7 ")

$ 550.00

Order Nr. CATESBY4533

Aurata Bahamesis

Overall light age toning with light browning on margin edges.

Page size: 32.3 x 46 cm ( 12.7 x 18.1 ")

$ 650.00

Order Nr. CATESBY4508

"Arbor baccifera laurifolia aromatica fructu viridi caliyculata racemoso"
" Anguis gracilis Fuscus"

Very light browning on margin edges. Small spots near lower edge.
Image slants to the right a bit.

$ 620.00

Order Nr. CATESBY250483

"Arbor foliis pinnatis Spica fericea Alp. Vipera nigra"

A few very tiny pots in margins.

$ 850.00

Order Nr. CATESBY250482

Frutex aquiticus floribus luteis fructu rotundo quinque-capsulari.

Acus maxima squamosa viridis.

Light fraying on right margin edge.

Page size: 32.5 x 49 cm ( 12.7 x 19.2 ")

Order Nr. CATESBY4509 SOLD

Gugupuguacu Brasil


A few very tiny original spots in paper.

Page size: 32.5 x 49 cm ( 12.7 x 19.2 ")


Lithophyton longe racemosum cortice flavo perforato.

Muraena maculata nigra.

Light spotting in upper left margin corner. A few other minor spots in margins.


No Title. Plate Nr. XCII

Left margin has been added. Creasing in lower margin. Repaired tear in lower right margin corner.
Repaired upper and lower right margin corners.

Page size: 50.5 x 35 cm ( 19.8 x 13.7 ")

Order Nr. CATESBY4525 SOLD

No title. Plate Nr. LXXXII

Browning on margin edges. Left margin is somewhat narrower.
Crease in upper left margin reaching into upper corner of plate image.
A few other very minor creases.


Snake: Anguis annulatus
Plant: Frutex Lauri longiore folio

Wide margins with light browning on edges.

Plate size: 30 x 22.1 cm (11.8 x 8.7 ")
Page size: 51 x 34.7 cm ( 20.1 x 13.7 ")




Snake: Anguise rubro et albo varius
Plant: Viscum caryophylloides ramosum

Plate size: 25.2 x 35.2 cm ( 9.9 x 13.8 ")
Page size: 34.2 x 51 cm ( 13.4 x 20 ")

Print has some browning on margin edges. Very minimal spotting.




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