*SPECIAL SALE* 18th Century Originally Hand-Colored Engraving By Saverio Manetti (Italian 1723 - 1785)  from Storia naturale degli uccelli, - image 1 of 10

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Manetti (1723 – 1785) was an Italian physician, botanist and ornithologist. This originally hand-colored engraving is from Manetti's work Storia naturale degli Uccelli (or A Natural History of Birds.) The prints were drawn and etched by Violante Vanni and Lorenzo Lorenzi with the text penned by Saverio Manetti. The work was published between 1767 and 1776 by F. Mouck, C. Cambiagi, and Giuseppe Vanni, in Florenc, Italy.

Storia naturale degli Uccelli was 'larger, better engraved and more vividly colored than any previous book on birds', notable for its lively posturing of the specimens which seem to reflect 'the habits and mannerisms of contemporary Italian society' (Dance). It is "one of the half-dozen or so Great Bird Books in the collector's sense" (Fine Bird Books). Dance p.70; Nissen IVB 588; Wood p.450; Fine Bird Books p.10; Zimmer I, 241.

Each bird engraving exudes remarkable personality and detail, with many of the birds often taking on an almost human personality type. Manetti drew his work predominantly from real birds. The work was one of the largest ornithology collections to that point in time.

This beautiful plate comes from Storia naturale degli uccelli, of which Peter Dance writes "The production of its five massive folio volumes was one of the most remarkable publishing ventures ever undertaken in Florence. Begun in 1767, and [based on birds taken from the collection of Giovanni Gerini], it was completed ten years later. It was larger, better engraved and more vividly colored than ANY previous work on birds, but these are not its only claim to fame. The attitudes of the birds themselves give this book its unique character. Strutting, parading, posturing, and occasionally flying....are birds whose real-life counterparts would surely disown them, and not without reason, for Manetti seems in these pictures to be depicting the human comedy, the habits and mannerisms of contemporary Italian society. His book may still be rated among the very greatest bird books, if only for its magnificent comicality" (S. Peter Dance, The Art of Natural History: Animal Illustrators and their Work. London: 1978)

Country of Origin: Italy.

Artists or Makers: Saverio Manetti, Violante Vanni & Lorenzo Lorenzi

Medium: Originally Hand-colored Engraving.

Size: 18 1/4 inches by 13 3/4 inches.

Date: Published between 1767-1784.

Condition: Very Good Antique Condition. Some minor evidence of age. After all, this is approximately 350 years old.
Please review the images carefully and contact us with any questions.

Literature: Storia naturale degli Uccelli or A Natural History of Birds

***Please note that the physical colors of this item may vary from the pictures in the listing, given the quality of the camera, the lighting and the background used.

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*SPECIAL SALE* 18th Century Originally Hand-Colored Engraving By Saverio Manetti (Italian 1723 - 1785) from Storia naturale degli uccelli,

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