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(White Heron) Storia Naturale degli Uccelli Trattata... Florence, 1767-76. $595.00

Plate 209 (White Heron)

A decorative original antique engraving from an 18th century series with a decidedly Italian style of presentation. Maria Luisa, the Grand Duchess of Tuscany had a passion for ornithology. She commissioned Manetti, who was a physician and naturalist, to create an ambitious and beautiful work with 600 engravings of birds from around the world. He hired Lorenzo Lorenzi and Violante Vanni to be the artists and engravers. Manetti wrote the text and descriptions to this magnificent illustrated book of birds.

Engraving with original hand coloring.
Framed to museum specifications.
21 x 18 ½ inches, overall.
Excellent condition.