[Pair of Tortoises]
15.5 x 18 inches
A pair of etchings in original hand colour by George Edwards; published in London in 1758 for inclusion in his famous work Gleanings of Natural History, Exhibiting Figures of Quadrupeds, Birds, Insects, Plants &c
The title intriguingly goes on, "which have not till now been either figured or described". Imagine the public delight at seeing images of zebra, giraffe and even the humble tortoise, possibly for the very first time! Many of Edward's beautiful illustrations and prints would have caused a sensation in Georgian England and vastly contributed to the enthusiasm for zoology, botany and ornithology.