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MARK CATESBY
 (English.  1683 - 1749)
 

Catesby's images also featured in several later publications. Where these are of higher quality than seen in Catesby's original publication (Seligmann's 1777 version the Rice Bird is particularly notable in this respect) these later versions have been used as the resource plates and the attendant, Dutch, German, French and Latin titles have been retained but may be deleted on your request.  All the colours have been restored to comply with Catesby's written descriptions as found in the first edition of 1731 even though these can be remarkably different to the decomposed and time-altered colours seen today on surviving prints.

All known and published Catesby images (220 in total) are offered, those not shown below are available available to special order.

THE NATURAL HISTORY OF CAROLINA, FLORIDA AND THE BAHAMA ISLANDS
JOINTLY PUBLISHED WITH THE ROYAL SOCIETY, LONDON 1731 and 1754..
 


Mark Catesby reworked by Johann Seligmann - Bald Eagle - Adler mit dem Weissen Kopf - Aquila capite albo - Aigle a Tete Blanche

Vol I, Plate 2
Bald or White-headed Eagle
 

 

MARK CATESBY - The Parrot of Paradise with a comparison of as seen and as remembered colours for Parrot of Paradise - Psitticus paradisis.

Vol I, Plate 10
The Parrot of Paradise
 


Mark Catesby - The Crested Jay or Blew Jay (Blue Jay) Pica cristata caeruleae on Bay-leaved Smilax - Smilax laevis Lauri folio non serrato, baccus nigris (Lauren Greenbriar - Smilax laurifolia) - cyanocitta cristatus). Plate 15 - The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and The Bahama Islands (London 1731) RESTORED PRINT

Vol I, Plate 15
The Crested Jay (Blue Jay)

 

Mark Catesby - he Larger Red-crested Wood-pecker (Pileated Woodpecker)

Vol I, Plate 17
Larger Red-crested Wood-pecker
 

Mark Catesby, THE GOLD-WINGED WOODPECKER - Picus major alis aureis (NORTHERN FLICKER - Colaptes auratus) with Chestnut Oak - Quercus castaneae folis, procera arbor virginiana (SWAMP CHESTNUT OAK - Quercus michauxii).

Vol I, Plate 18
The Gold-winged Wood-pecker

 


Mark Catesby, The Yellow belly'd Wood-pecker & The Smallest spotted Wood-pecker (Picus varius minor ventre luteo and Picus varius minimus). Now The Yellow Bellied Sapsuck (Sphyrapicus varius. Linn) and The Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) on white Oak (Querus alba Virginiana. Park)). Volume 1, Plate 21 -Natural History of Carolina, Florida and The Bahama Islands. 1754.

Vol I, Plate 21
Yellow Bellied Woodpecker

 


Mark Catesby - White Crown (Crowned) Pigeon & Coco (Cocoa) Plum

Vol I, Plate 25
White Crown Pigeon
 
 

 


Mark Catesby - RICE BIRD, BOBOLINK or BUTTERBIRD from VERZAMELING VAN UITLANDSCHE EN ZELDZAAME, Amsterdam 1772. Originally from Mark Catesby's The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands

Vol I, Plate 28
Rice-bird
Mark Catesby, The Large Lark - Alauda magna (Eastern meadowlark - Sturnella magna) with The Little Yellow Star-flower - Ornithogalum luteum (Common Goldstar - Hypoxis hirsuta). Plate 33, Volume 1, The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and The Bahama Islands. 1754.

Vol I, Plate 33
The Large Lark

The Red Bird or Northern Cardinal on Mockernut Hickory Tree and a Hickory Pignut. Mark Catesby. Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands.

Vol I, Plate 38
The Red Bird

Mark Catesby - The Blew (Blue) Linnet. Probably an Indigo Bunting - passereina cyanea with Red Trillium - Trillium Catesbaei Elliott. Plate 45 from Volume I, The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Isalnds, 1731.

Vol I, Plate 45
The Blew Linnet

 

Mark Catesby - The Chatterer on Carolina Allspice.

Vol I, Plate 46
The Chattere
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Mark Catesby - Blew (Blue) Bird with Sarsparilla Vine.

Vol I, Plate 47
Blew Bird

Mark Catesby, yellow Breasted Chat and Sessile Trillium

Vol I, Plate 50
Yellow Breasted Chat

 

Mark Catesby, The Humming-bird - Mellivora avis Carolinensis (Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Archilocus colubris) feeding from Trumpet Flower - Campsis radicans. Natural History of Carolina, Florida and The Bahama Islands. 1731. Volume 1, Plate 65

Vol I, Plate 65
The Humming-bird




Vol I, Plate 69
The Kingfisher

 

Johann Michael Seligmann's enhanced version of MARK CATESBY's - Little Sparrow (indigo bunting - Passerina Cyanea), Great Leopard Moth (Hypercompe scribonia) and Carolina Purple Bindweed (saltmarsh morning glory - Impomoea sagittata) - The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands

Vol I, Plate 70
The Little Sparrow

Flamingo - Mark Catesby - Natural History of Carolina, Florisa and the bahama Islands.  As reworked by Johann Seligmann.

Vol I, Plate 73
Flamingo
 


 

Mark Catesby, The Small Bittern (Ardea stellaris minima) Now The Green Heron (Butorides virescens) on Carolina or Swamp Ash (Fraximus caroliniana). Volume 1, Plate 80 - Natural History of Carolina, Florida and The Bahama Islands. 1745

Vol I, Plate 80
The Small Bittern

 

Mark Catesby, The Red Curlew or Scarlet Ibis. The natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands

Vol I, Plate 84
The Red Curlew or Scarlet Ibis

Savanna Blackbird, Smooth-billed Ani or Razor-billed Black-bird of Jamaica. Crotophaga ani (was: Monedula tote nigra). Mark Catesby from natural History of Carolina, florida and the Bahama Islands, Volume 1, Aappendix Plate 3. London 1754.

Vol I, Appendix Plate 3
Razor-billed Black-bird of Jamaica

Mark Catesby's illustration of a Venezuelan Troupial entitled The Yellow and Black Pye together with an associated illustration of a Spider Lily labelled Lilio-narcissus Polianthus, flore albo but which is unidentifiable together with an Ichneumon Wasp also unidentifiable.  Both of the later, even in Catesby's day, were challenged as dubious inventions. RESTORED PRINT from The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and The Bahama Islands published by Mark Catesby, jointly with The Royal Society, London 1731

Vol I, Appendix Plate 105
The Yellow and Black Pye


Barracuda, Fox Pike, Wolf Fish, Malabar Pike, Imbla minor, Vulpis bahamensis.  Fish by Mark Catesby - Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands.

Vol II, Plate 1
Barracuda and Malabar Pike


 


Mark Catesby, The Rock Fish - Perca venenosa (Yellowfin Grouper - Mycteroperca venenosa Lin. Natural History of Carolina, Florida and The Bahama Islands - 1754.Volume II, Plate 5

Vol II, Plate 5
Rock Fish
 

 


Mark Catesby - The Grunt and The Mullet.

Vol II, Plate 6
The Grunt and The Mullet


Puddingwife Wrasse. Mark Catesby. Or Pudding Wife with Carolina Whiting. Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands.

Vol II, Plate 12
Pudding Wife and Carolina Whiting


Mark Catesby. Hind Fish and Saltatrix. Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands.

Vol II, Plate 14
Hind Fish and Saltatrix


Mark Catesby - Small Rattle-snake. Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands. London 1731. Plte 42, Volume 2, Vipera caudisona minor.

Vol II, Plate 42
 Small Rattle-snake



 


Mark Catesby: Brown Viper (Vipera fusca) with Arum and Salamander. Plate 45 from The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and The Bahama Islands (1731)

Vol II, Plate 45
Brown Viper with Arum and Salamander


Mark Catesby: Copper-belly Snake - Nerodia erythrogaster negecta with Ilathera Bark. Plate 46 (vol 2) -  The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and The Bahama Islands (1731)

Vol II, Plate 46
Copper-belly Snake

 

Mark Catesby's Carolina Lily (Lilium carolinianum) with Wampum Snake (Blue or Chain Snake) from The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands, London 1731

Vol II, Plate 58
The Wampum Snake

Mark Catesby - Gray Fox with Gentian - Natural History of Carolina, Florida, Bahama Islands. London 1731.

Vol II, Plate 78
Gray Fox with Gentian

 

 

MARK CATESBY - A Map of Carolina, Florida and The Bahama Islands with the Adjoining Parts (London 1731)

Vol I,  Loose Bound Fold-out.
Map of Carolina, Florida and
 The Bahamas Islands with Adjoining Parts

 

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