From a rare black and white edition of Prideaux John Selby’s “Illustrations of British Ornithology”. They have recently been professionally hand-colored with extreme accuracy. These engravings are printed on elephant folio paper and watermarked J Whatman and dated 1924. P.J. Selby (1788-1867) was the only artist other than Audubon to depict every bird in its actual size. Selby, an ornithologist and an artist, engraved many of his large folio plates himself. This print is signed in the plate and in good condition except for a three inch tear which begins in the middle bottom margin and goes up towards the image. A few more small tears are in the bottom and right side margins.