Prideaux John Selby
Prideaux John Selby
|Born||23 July 1788|
Alnwick, Northumberland, England
|Died||27 March 1867 78) (aged|
Bamburgh, Northumberland, England
|Occupation||ornithologist, botanist, artist|
He studied at University College, Oxford. He succeeded in 1804 to the family estates at Beal, and added to the landholdings there at a cost of some £14000 in about 1840. He sold the Beal estate amounting to 1,450 acres (590 ha) in 1850 for £47000 (£4,937,000 at today's prices).
He died at Twizell House and was buried in Bamburgh churchyard.
In 1810 he married Lewis Tabitha Mitford (1782-1859) daughter of Bertram Osbaldeston Mitford (1748-1800) of Dennet's Hall in Leicester. They had three daughters.
Selby is best known for his Illustrations of British Ornithology (1821–1834), the first set of life-sized illustrations of British birds. He also wrote Illustrations of Ornithology with William Jardine and A History of British Forest-trees (1842).
Many of the illustrations in his works were drawn from specimens in his collection. In addition to the above works he contributed to Jardine's Naturalist's Library the volumes on the pigeons (1835) and the parrots (1836), the latter illustrated by Edward Lear. He was for some time one of the editors of the Magazine of Zoology and Botany.
- ODNB P J Selby
- Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.
- IPNI. P.Selby.
Bowey, K. and Newsome, M. (Ed) 2012. The Birds of Durham. Durham Bird Club. ISBN 978-1-874701-03-3
- Mullens; Swann. (1918). A Bibliography of British Ornithology.
- Raine, Revd. James (1852). The History and Antiquities of North Durham. p338
- Jackson, Christine E. (2004). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
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- Gallery of Prideaux John Selby art
- Selby, Prideaux John (1836) Natural history of parrots Edinburgh: W. H. Lizars. - digital facsimile from Linda Hall Library
- A collection of ornithological prints from Selby's 1833 British ornithology and his 1835 The natural history of pigeons. - Linda Hall Library