Document ReferenceMi LM 24
TitleCollection of water-colour drawings and engravings of birds; n.d. mid-17th-early 18th century
Date Of Creationmid-17th-early 18th century
Extentc.170 items
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Content DescriptionIt is known that Francis Willughby (1635-1672) made a collection of illustrations of birds during his Continental travels, 1663-65. He purchased a volume of pictures of water fowl from a Strasbourg fisherman, as well as a volume of birds in colour at Nuremberg, and he commissioned other ornithological illustrations. The present large collection (c.170 items) is taken to be the product of these sources, together with other groups. Many, but not all, are of Continental origin. There are annotations in English, Latin, French and German.

Willughby's hand can be identified throughout the collection, and Philip Skippon also appears frequently. There is at least one example of an identification in the hand of John Ray.
Physical DescriptionSome evidence of an earlier bound state survives, in the form of leather covered boards and spine, now held separately from the illustrations.
Publication NoteReference: 'Francis Willoughby, F.R.S. (1635-1672)', by Mary A. Welch., Journal of the Society for the Biblography of Natural History (1972) 6, pp. 79-80, for further description of the contents and their sources.
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