doubt, Mark Catesby's "Natural History of Carolina,
Florida and the Bahamas Islands" stands as one of the
most important and earliest contributions to the study and
illustration of natural history in America. His work is
especially dear to those of us in the South where he spent
so much of his time after arriving in Charleston on May
and financial assistance came from Colonel Francis Nicholson,
Governor of South Carolina, among others. Upon his arrival,
Mr. Catesby set about to illustrate all the plants, animals,
birds, fish, and reptiles in the young British colony. He
was frequently assisted along the way by Native Americans.
The result was the publication of an everlasting beautiful
work consisting of 220 hand-colored engravings.
has an extensive selection of Catesby plates. Please contact
the gallery with any specific requests and for more information.