Film- The Curious Mister Catesby

Mark Catesby

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The Film is here... The long awaited documentary from The Catesby Commemorative Trust is available for purchase. Part Artist, part adventurer, part scientist. Englishman Mark Catesby ( 1683-1749) was a pioneering figure in the scientific exploration of the New World. Mark Catesbys Natural History of Carolina, Florida & the Bahama Islands was the first fully illustrated study of North America. PLEASE NOTE The price for shipping will be $3.00 so dont go by what the fine print in the shopping cart says.

  • Price: $25.00 { What determines value? }

    Many factors go into pricing a print; rarity, desirability, artist, condition, age, and the history of former sales prices.


    “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 :)