Some memoirs of the life and works of George Edwards, Fellow of the Royal and Antiquarian Societies


Some memoirs of the life and works of George Edwards, Fellow of the Royal and Antiquarian Societies

Title Variants

Alternative: Memoirs of Mr. George Edwards


Robson, James, 1733-1806 , compiler, publisher

Edwards, George, 1694-1773 , contributor, illustrator
Dandridge, Bartholomew, 1691-approximately 1755 , artist
Lodge, John, 1796 , engraver
Miller, John, 1715-1790 , engraver




Published material

Publication info

London, Printed for J. Robson, bookseller, New Bond Street, MDCCLXXVI [1776]


"An account of the names and numbers of the several species of things contained in the museum of Sir Hans Sloane, Bart. and which, since his death, are placed for the use of the public in the British Museum" --Page 20.

A letter from Edwards "To the nobility, gentry, and curious in general," is quoted on page 21: "Having this day sold and delivered to Mr. James Robson, bookseller, in New Bond Street, all the remaining copies of my Natural history, in seven volumes quarto, coloured under my own immediate inspection, together with all my copper-plates, letter-press, and every article in my possession relative to it. ... [a]ll future publications of the said Natural history are the sole right and property of Mr. Robson ...."

"Addenda: since the foregoing sheets were printed off, many friends and subscribers to the late Mr. Edwards, have expressed a desire to have the papers which he communicated to the Royal Society, selected from the Philosophical transactions, and printed together to complete his Natural history. The editor ... has accordingly given what he could find worthy of notice, from that periodical work; and, in order to render these extracts still more acceptable to the public, he has re-engraved the plates of all the subjects therein described, and they now accompany the publication." --Page [27].

Species described, with their plates: Narrow beak'd crocodile; the frog fish of Surinam; the Argus, or Luen pheasant; the Snake eater; Siyah Ghush [portrayed on the same plate with the Snake eater]. Also described, without illustration, is an addenda to the account of the Service tree, Sorbus domestica (plate number 211 in the Natural history); and addenda to the account of the Common service tree, Crataegus torminalis (plate number 212 in the Natural history).

The natural history plates were drawn by Edwards and engraved by J. Lodge.

The frontispiece portrait of "Georgius Edwards, R.S.S. aetat. suae 60 AD 1754 ..." is signed: Dandridg[e] pinx.; J.S. Miller [also known as Johann Sebastian Mùˆller] sculp.

Errata on page 38 with two entries, pertaining both to Robson's Some memoirs ... as well as to the companion work, A catalogue of the birds, beasts, fishes, insects, plants, &c. contained in Edwards's Natural history ... by Sir C. Linnaeus (1776).

Signatures: [A]1 B-K².

Anker, J. Bird books and bird art, | 127

Catalogue of the Edward E. Ayer Ornithological Library | page 529


1694-1773 , Biography , Edwards, George, , England , Naturalists

Call Number

QL674 .E26 1743




DOI: https://doi.org/10.5962/bhl.title.148449
OCLC: 6066745


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