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Diversae avium species

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  • Title (series)

    • Diversae avium species
  • Description

    Title, "Diversae Avium Species..." is lettered on a flayed calfskin which is supported by two facing eagles with their wings raised to meet each other at top centre; behind them hangs a garland of fruits and vegetables tied at both corners with bows; all of this is set into a shallow rectangular niche


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  • Date

    • 1658 (c. (?))
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 155 millimetres
    • Width: 177 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered title: "Diversae Avium Species studiosissime ad vitam delineatae Per Fra:Barlow Insignissim: Anglum Pictorem/P:Tempest excudit"; lettered "F Barlow Inuen: R Gaywood fecit"
  • Curator's comments

    For information on the volume see 1997,0928.14.1

    For an earlier state, published by William Faithorne, 1658, see 1872,1012.5470; two duplicates of the Faithorne title at 1896,1230.245 and Q,5.545; three examples of a possible earlier state at 1874,0808.988, 1875-7-10-544, and 2005,U.54 (i.e. before any address; though these may be impressions of a state after the removal of the Faithorne address); a later state with the address of Edward Cooper at 1896,1230.158 (duplicate of this impression at 1857,0314.16).

    There is a copy by Thomas Neal, dated 1658 and published by Pierre Mariette in Paris, 1659, at Nn,7.2.1.

    In album 1939,0709.2 (press mark 166*.d.21), is an impression of the title page which seems to be etched by Barlow himself (from which Gaywood seems to have made the above reverse/modified copy); parts of the impression are quite weak (e.g. the inside of the left eagle's raised wing, the hanging garland at right, and parts of the line border); it is hard to say whether this plate was published before Tooker printed it; see 1934,0709.2.(11); it was reissued by John Bowles in the 18th century; see 1871,0812.3165

    See commentary under New Hollstein (Hollar) 1334-1339 for the different series of birds after Francis Barlow, for which the composition and chronology is not established.


  • Bibliography

    • Pennington 2124 (Catalogued as Hollar but lettered "R Gaywood fecit") bibliographic details
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