PICVS varius minimus. Petit PIVERD tachete, Downing Woodpecker

Seligmann- Catesby


Johann Michael Seligmann after Mark Catesby. From Sammlung verschiedener auslandischer und seltener Vogel.... Nurnberg, 1749-76. Original hand coloring. Some minor marginal blemishes. Overall, very good condition.
Johann Michael Seligmann, a German publisher, issued a nine volume collection of the work of  Mark Catesby and George Edwards in 1749. Seligmann began issuing his ambitious series just a few years after Edwards and Catesby each published their landmark works. The text was translated into German by Georg Leonhard Huth, and Seligmann produced all new plates based on the images of the two Englishmen.


Sammlung verschiedener auslandischer und seltener Vogel....
Nurnberg, Germany 1749-76.
10 x 15 inches
Original hand coloring.

  • Price: $850.00 { What determines value? }

    Many factors go into pricing a print; rarity, desirability, artist, condition, age, and the history of former sales prices and based on what price the piece was purchased at.   

    Condition, Condition, Condition!

    “Weeds & Roses” A good analogy for how the pricing of a print is determined from desirability is my description of "Weeds and Roses". It actually works with a number of publications from Audubons to Atlases. 

    O.K., let's take a complete first edition set of Audubon's Birds of America- 435 Plates, printed by Robert Havell. The Wild Turkey & The Flamingo will be the “Roses”, they are the major plates. These images are usually more desirable making them the most expensive, in upwards of $200,000.

    The Song Birds or "Tweety" birds are the minor plates, or "Weeds". These images are usually less desirable making them less expensive, as low as $2,000.

    However, not everyone prefers roses over weeds. Just because one is more expensive does not mean it is more beautiful to you. Art is a personal preference and you should always go with what stands out to you :)