Art, Collections and Resources, Special Collections

Reproductions of UNC Library Treasures Now Available for Purchase

Detail of American Partridge

Catesby's American Partridge is one of the reproductions from the UNC Library now available for purchase.

Reproductions from the UNC Library collections are now available to bring artistic and historical treasures to homes and offices.

The libraries will offer high-quality prints for purchase through a partnership with the website 1000Museums. Royalties from the sales will benefit the libraries.

The first images, now available, are seventeen reproductions from Mark Catesby’s The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands (1771). The English naturalist made vivid drawings of the region’s flora and fauna during a voyage here from 1722 to 1726.

The Catesby prints are among the most frequently requested items for reproduction, said John Blythe, of the North Carolina Collection in the Wilson Special Collections Library.

“The rich colors and fine details of the drawings make them true works of art,” said Blythe. He said many visitors to the UNC campus have admired the Catesby reproductions already on display in the Carolina Inn.

1000Museums offers prints in framed and unframed versions in sizes ranging from 11 X 14 inches to 32 X 40 inches.

Blythe said future selections will feature photographs and art of the Carolina campus, North Carolina maps, and other items mostly from the Wilson Library special collections. The Library also hopes to find partners to sell the reproductions on campus or in Chapel Hill.

The Library recently digitized and placed online Catesby’s entire two-volume work.

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