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A History Of British Birds (2 Volumes)

 

and

 

A General History Of Quadrupeds

 

by Thomas Bewick

 

(Birds Volume 1 - Sol Hodgson for Beilby and Bewick, First Edition, First Printing 1797)

 

(Birds Volume 2 - Edward Walker for T. Bewick, First Edition, Later Printing 1805)

 

(Quadrupeds - Edward Walker for T. Bewick, Seventh Edition 1820)

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A History Of British Birds by Thomas Bewick, First Edition 1797 & 1805 - Boards

An 8vo matching set of Thomas Bewick's animal histories. Rebound in calf this collection includes a first printing of A History Of British Birds Volume 1. The descriptions in British Birds Volume 1 (Land Birds) were mostly written by Bewick's partner (Ralph Beilby - his former master) but with the end of the partnership the descriptions in Volume 2 (Water Birds) were written by Bewick himself but proof read and revised by the Rev. Henry Cotes, Vicar of Bedlington.

Book Condition (all volumes) - Moderate to significant general wear and rubbing to the blind tooled and gilt edged calf boards and spines, four raised spine bands with recently replaced gilt title labels, all paper edges marbled, securely bound, armorial bookplates to the marbled endpapers, no other ownership inscriptions. All volumes internally very clean and clear with very light to occasionally moderate foxing.

Specific Details:

British Birds - Volume One: Land Birds - Good: First Edition, first printing with the uncensored "Pigstye Netty" vignette on page 285; "Wycliffe 1791" missing from the drawing of the sea eagle on page 11; two branches coming out of the foreground rock in the drawing of the magpie on page 75 and the advert on the verso of last page being for the Third Edition of Quadrupeds. Hardback, xxx + 335 pages.

British Birds - Volume Two: Water Birds - Very Good : First Edition, later printing 1805. Hardback, xxii + 400 pages. Chipping to top of spine, antique annotation to the bottom of page 280 (dated 1840 and signed J. L. Phillips).

Quadrupeds - Good: Seventh Edition 1820. Hardback, x + 528 pages. Significant foxing to pages 176-177 and 352-353, fore-edges to pages 101-104 unevenly trimmed.

Total weight with packaging just over 3.5Kg.

A History Of British Birds - Volume 1:
A History Of British Birds by Thomas Bewick, First Edition 1797 - Boards
A History Of British Birds by Thomas Bewick, First Edition 1797 - Title Page
A History Of British Birds by Thomas Bewick, First Edition 1797 - Inside
A History Of British Birds by Thomas Bewick, First Edition 1797 - Inside 2
 
A History Of British Birds - Volume2:
A History Of British Birds by Thomas Bewick, Volume 2, First Edition 1805 - Boards
A History Of British Birds by Thomas Bewick, Volume 2, First Edition 1805 - Title
A History Of British Birds by Thomas Bewick, Volume 2, First Edition 1805 - Inside
A History Of British Birds by Thomas Bewick, Volume 2, First Edition 1805 - Inside 2
 
A General History Of Quadrupeds:
A General History Of Quadrupeds by Thomas Bewick, Seventh Edition 1820 - Boards
A General History Of Quadrupeds by Thomas Bewick, Seventh Edition 1820 - Title Page
A General History Of Quadrupeds by Thomas Bewick, Seventh Edition 1820 - Inside
A General History Of Quadrupeds by Thomas Bewick, Seventh Edition 1820 - Inside 2

A History Of British Birds (2 Volumes) and A General History Of Quadrupeds by Thomas Bewick

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