Colibri col Petto Rosso Maschio E Femmina (Red-Breasted Hummingbirds); Il Gazzettiere Americano Contenente del Nuovo Mondo

Colibri col Petto Rosso Maschio E Femmina (Red-Breasted Hummingbirds); Il Gazzettiere Americano Contenente del Nuovo Mondo

Liverno: Marco Coltellini, 1763. First Edition. single sheet matted in rag board. A Fine original copperplate engraving. Folio (9.75 x 12.5 inches), matted in rag board.

A stylized scene red-breasted hummingbirds: female on nest with eggs, male and butterfly hover above. Title set in ribbonry float above the composition.

From the enlarged Italian edition of Il Gazzettiere Americano; an encyclopedia of the Americas; with an eye towards appealing to contemporary commerce and trade which included 57 engraved plates of America's native mammals and birds, as well as scenes of building and manufacture, commerce (of indigo, tobacco, sugar), birds eye views of towns and city plans of the Americas and Colonies. These engravings were not present in the smaller format edition published by J. Millar; London 1762. (Howes A 207, Sabin 1090, 26814). Fine. Item #7325

Price: $250.00