Johann Michael Seligmann

In 1749, German publisher from Nuremberg Johann Michael Seligmann began to issue a nine-volume compilation of the work of renowned British naturalists Mark Catesby (1683-1749) and George Edwards (1694-1773). Over the next thirty years, the gradual release of these eagerly anticipated volumes brought vivid, charming images of New World birds to continental European audiences and made Seligmann a venerated name in natural history circles. The volumes were named Sammlung Verschiedener Ausländischer und Seltener Vogel. In some cases, botanical and scenic backgrounds were added for superb decorative effect.

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