Mark Catesby "The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahamas Islands"
The eminent British naturalist Mark Catesby (1682-1749) visited the New World (the South-East corner of the United Sates in the 18th century as well as the Bahamas and other islands) a century before Audubon published The Birds of America. Catesby took notes and made detailed sketches and drawings of the birds, animals, fish, insects, reptiles and plants that he encountered, and published "The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands" containing hand-colored copperplate engravings in 1747. Mark Catesby's work is truly historic in American Natural History since it was the very first work by a talented naturalist to document the species in the New World. In the following, we share a couple of prints from the folio 2nd edition (Turnstone and Hummingbird) of The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands, and a couple of prints from the smaller size German edition of this work published by Johann Seligman between 1749-1776.