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The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands: Containing the Figures of Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Serpents, Insects, and Plants . . .

Catesby, Mark, 1683-1749
London: Printed at the expence of the author, and sold by W. Innys and R. Manby, at the West End of St. Paul's, by Mr. Hauksbee, at the Royal Society House, and by the author, at Mr. Bacon's in Hoxton, 1731–43


Digital facsimile

2 v., [222] leaves of plates : col. ill., col. map ; 53 cm. (fol.)

Catesby broke new ground; He portrayed his birds more naturally than before, with foliage backgrounds, and to adopt the folio format. He depicted the natural history of one area in its entirety, and often drew from living models.

Title pages printed in red and black.

Vol. 2: first 20 text page numbers altered to 1-20 from 121-140.

Vol. 2: p. 59 numbered 56.

Vol. 2: plates 61 (Magnolia, the laurel tree of Carolina; full page) and 96 (Mangrove grape tree) by G.D. Ehret.

Vol. 2: plate 61 unnumbered; plate 80 numbered 62.

Appendix: plates 3, 7, 9 unnumbered.

Work originally issued in 11 parts, each including 20 plates (v. 1 issued in parts 1-5, between 1729-1732; v. 2 issued in parts 6-10, between 1734-1743; and the Appendix, issued in 1747). The t.p. for v. 1 is dated 1731, and the t.p. for v. 2 is dated 1743. Catesby is on record as having presented the completed Appendix to the Royal Society on 2 July 1747 (Royal Society journal book, v. 20, p. 307).

The word "prefixed" in the subtitle of v. 1 printed as "perfixed."

The illustrations were etched by the author from his own drawings and hand colored under his direction. Cf. Preface, v. 1, p. xi-xii.

Contains supplement: An account of Carolina and the Bahama Islands = Relation de la Caroline, et des Isles de Bahama (xliv p.). Also: Appendix. 1748? (bound at end of v. 2): 20 p., 20 plates.

Volume 1 is dedicated to Queen Caroline; v. 2 is dedicated to the Princess of Wales, Augusta of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg.

Includes indexes.

Includes bibliographical references and indexes.



English, French


Natural history -- Pictorial works.; Natural history -- Pre-Linnean works.; Natural history -- Southern States -- Pre-Linnean works.; Natural history -- Southern States -- Pictorial works.; Natural history -- Bahamas -- Pre-Linnean works.; Natural history -- Bahamas -- Pictorial works.; Natural history illustration -- Early works to 1800.; Natural history -- North Carolina -- Pre-Linnean works.; Natural history -- South Carolina -- Pre-Linnean works.; Natural history -- Florida -- Pre-Linnean works.; Natural history -- North Carolina -- Pictorial works.; Natural history -- South Carolina -- Pictorial works.; Natural history -- Florida -- Pictorial works.