These hand colored engravings of North American birds are from American Ornithology by Alexander Wilson (1766–1813). This beautiful set of books, published from 1808 to 1825, is considered the first comprehensive work on American natural history and contains 76 full page illustrations.
All Images from "American ornithology, or, The natural history of the birds of the United States: illustrated with plates, engraved and colored from original drawings taken from nature" by Alexander Wilson, 1808-1825.
Text by Audrey McElhinney and Mary Kate du Laney.
Additional text and arrangement by Sonya Coleman
for the Library of Virginia.
Imaging by the LVA Photo & Digital Imaging Services Department
For the Library of Virginia