Mark Catesby

"The Natural History of Carolina, Florida
and the Bahama Islands"

Beehive Press, 1974

Limited Edition Prints

Sheet size: 14" x 20"

(to read about Mark Catesby, click here)

Mark Catesby (1683-1749), an Englishman, made his inaugural voyage to the shores of America in 1712, where he remained for seven years. Upon returning to England he was pursuaded to undertake a second journey to the colonies with a more explicit purpose of recording the flora and fauna of this enchanting new land. In 1729, Catesby's The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands was published to great acclaim. Besides being a monumental work of art, this was the first comprehensive color plate book of American flora and fauna, both marine and terrestrial. Individual plates from this work, and later editions, command thousands of dollars apiece.

With this in mind, collectors have sought images from the Beehive limited edition collection of Natural History Catesby prints. Printed in 1974 by the Beehive Press, Savannah, Georgia, these prints are exceptionally well done. Printed on 'laid' paper and presented in individual folios containing the corresponding text, publication was limited to only 500 copies. The plates are reproduced from the Boston Athenaeum copy of Catesby's work (1771, or 3d edition) and reproduced on the same saize as the original plates. Design and printing by Stinehour Press, Lunenburg, Vermont with facsimiles by the Meriden Gravure Company, Meriden Connecticut.

Volume I - Birds
(Click on any image to enlarge)
Name Thumb
Plate
Text
Price
Baltimore Bird
(Northern Oriole)
48
text

$250

 

Blew Jay
(Blue Jay)

15

text

$250

 

Blue Heron
(Little Blue Heron)
76

text

$300

 

Brown Curlew
(White Ibis)
83
text

$300

 

 

Parrot of Carolina
(Carolina Parakeet)
11
text

$400

 

Crested Bittern
(Yellow-crowned Night Heron)
79
text

$350

 

Flamingo
(Greater Flamingo)
73
text

$400

 

Ilathera Duck
(White-cheeked Pintail)
93
text

$250

 

Kingfisher
(Belted Kingfisher)
69
text

$250

 

Laughing Gull
89
text

$175

 

Little White Heron
(Little Blue Heron)
77
text

$300

 

Mock Bird
(Northern Mockingbird)
27
text

$250

 

Parrot of Paradise
(Cuban Parrot)
10
text

$300

 

Pied-billed Dopchick
(Pied-billed Grebe)
91
text

$200

 

Red Bellied & Hairy Woodpeckers
19
text

$250

 

Pigeon of Passage
(Passenger Pigeon)
23
text

$325

 

Red Crested Woodpecker
(Pileated Woodpecker)
17
text

$325

 

Small Bittern
(Green-backed Heron)
80
text

$250

 

White Crowned Pigeon
25
text

$200

 

White Bill Woodpecker
(Ivory-billed Woodpecker)
16
text

$400

 

White Curlew
(White Ibis)
82
text

$350

 

Wood Pelican
(Wood Stork)
81
text

$300

 

Yellow Breasted Chat
50
text

$175

 

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