Alexander Rider: Evening Grosbeak/Rose-breasted Grosbeak/White-winged Crossbill/Indigo Finch


Alexander Rider.  “15. Evening Grosbeak, Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Female White-winged Crossbill, Female Indigo Finch. ” From C.L. Bonaparte’s American Ornithology; or the Natural History of Birds inhabiting the United States, not given by Wilson. Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Carey, 1825-33. Folio; ca. 10 x 13. Engraving by Alexander Lawson. Original hand coloring by A. Rider. Very good condition.

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An original antique print by Alexander Rider from Charles Lucien Bonaparte’s supplement to Alexander Wilson’s American Ornithology. Wilson’s project of issuing a complete ornithology of the birds of North America was interrupted by his death in 1813. His original nine volume set was completed by George Ord, but many birds were still missing. Bonaparte, Prince of Canino, tried to make the work more complete by issuing a four volume supplement from 1825 to 1833. This contained 27 extra illustrations engraved by Alexander Lawson and text by Bonaparte. The prints were drawn by Titian Ramsey Peale and Alexander Rider, except for one by John James Audubon. Many of Peale’s drawings were taken from his sketches made on his travels in the far west in 1819 with Major Long. The prints are much in the style of Wilson’s earlier prints, and the two parts together comprise a monumental document in the history of American natural science.