Edwards, George, 1694-1773

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George Edwards, an ornithologist and artist, studied etching under Mark Catesby. His success as an artist enabled Edwards to self-publish via the Royal College of Physicians his multi-volume work: A natural history of uncommon birds (1743-1750). The buyer, noted on the receipt, is James West. West was a politician and noted bookcollector. As R. Charles Lucas notes, in his work, Book-collecting in the eighteenth century: The library of James West (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1949): West "was active as a collector during a long period in the middle of the eighteenth century, having begun his purchases while still a student in the 1720s, and continuing until shortly before his death in 1772" (p. 265).

From the description of Autograph receipt signed by George Edwards [manuscript], 1747 March 7. (Indiana University). WorldCat record id: 325121315

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associatedWith Bolton, Thomas, florist. person
associatedWith Catesby, Mark, 1680?-1749. person
associatedWith Morgan, Henry S. (Henry Sturgis), 1900- person
associatedWith Pennant, Thomas, 1726-1798, person
associatedWith West, James, 1703-1772 person
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Booksellers and bookselling--Sources--Manuscripts


Birth 1694-04-03

Death 1773-07-23



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