Plate # 649. The Russian Warbler. Motacilla Rossica.; Shaw & Nodder's The Naturalist's Miscellany or Coloured Figures of Natural Objects: Drawn and Described Immediately from Nature. George Shaw, FRS, MD, Frederick Polydore Nodder.

Plate # 649. The Russian Warbler. Motacilla Rossica.; Shaw & Nodder's The Naturalist's Miscellany or Coloured Figures of Natural Objects: Drawn and Described Immediately from Nature.

London: G. Shaw and F.P. & E. Nodder, 1790-1813. First edition. A Fine and rare original hand-colored copperplate engraving by Frederick Polydore Nodder and/or his son Richard Polydore Nodder from The Naturalist's Miscellany. Octavo (6 x 9.5 inches, 15.24 x 24.13 cm). Includes the original text in both English and Latin by George Shaw, MD, FRS. The Naturalist's Miscellany, distinguished by the refined hand-colored copperplate engravings and astute naturalists' observations, was aptly named as a diverse naturalists' compendium of the birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, fish and crustacean identified by seventeenth and eighteenth century naturalists spanning the globe, particularly around the South Seas. Many of nature's most fascinating and unusual creatures were discovered during this period, several of which were introduced through The Naturalist's Miscellany. Doctor George Shaw, (1751-1813), Fellow of the Royal Society, cofounder of the Linnaean Society, as well as Zoologist of the British Museum, contributed the text. Publication of the Naturalist's Miscellany ceased with his death in 1813. Upon the death of the artist FP Nodder (1770-1800), his wife Elizabeth, and their son Richard Polydore Nodder (1793-1820) contributed artistically and editorially to the publication. Indeed a family affair, both Frederick Polydore Nodder and his son Richard produced every one of the plates. A gifted and distinguished naturalist, Frederick P. Nodder was the preferred Botanical Painter to Her Majesty, Queen Charlotte. His early skills as botanical and animal draughtsman and engraver were honed from his association with Sir Joseph Banks, who employed Nodder to complete and engrave the drawings from the sketchbooks of the late Sydney Parkinson. Parkinson accompanied Banks as botanical draughtsman aboard Captain James Cook's The Endeavor in 1771. Parkinson died on the return of this South Seas Voyage. These engravings, along with the natural history collections of the British Museum, were the basis for the mastery of the Naturalist's Miscellany. Frederick's son, Richard P. Nodder, a gifted animal painter in his own right, was distinguished as botanic painter to King George III. At the time of its creation, The Naturalist's Miscellany was highly coveted as a definitive natural history offering, and as was the custom, the work was issued in installments between 1790 and 1813. Each volume was dedicated by permission and dutifully inscribed to the most devoted patrons and contributors of the natural historical pursuits of eighteenth and early nineteenth century Britain: Queen Charlotte, Sir Joseph Banks, Thomas Pennant, Esq. The Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, The Trustees of the British Museum, to name a few. (Andrews,1986, Blunt 151,Coats, 25, Sitwell FBB 142, Wood 482). Copyright: Lowry-James Rare Prints & Books, 1/09. Fine in original bright hand-coloring. Item #4650

The bird represented on the present plate is principally found in the beech-woods and marshy places of Siberia, and is described by Lepechin in the 15th volume of the Petersburg Transactions. The bill is thing and black, with the upper mandible rather longer than the lower, and slightly curved at the tip, as ub ither of this genus. The top of the head, the cheecks, throat, and fore-part of the neck, are black, which colour also reaches from the nape to the beginning of the black: the sides of the neck, and upper parts of the sides are white: the breast and abdomen orange, the colour gradually growing paler as it approaches the legs, where it becomes whitish: the black is blackish, the feathets being slightly rufous on their edges: the scapulars are white, the smaller converts black, with rufous-white tips: the great wing-feathers brown, the smaller blackish, the inner edges of both being white for twelve tail-feathers are of equal length, and black, except the outside ones, which are whitish on the inner edges: the legs and claws are black. The female is brown above, with the feathers slightly edged with rufous: on each wing is a white patch: the throat is of a dull white: the breast and abdomen slightly rufous: wings and the tail similar to those of the male bird.

Price: $175.00