Bewick (Thomas) - [A History of British Birds]

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A History of British Birds, by Thomas Bewick. Vol.I Containting the History and Description of Land Birds. Vol. II Containtaining the History and Description of Water Birds. Two vols, demy 8vo, 22.5cm, pp.xxxix[3],374, pp.xxiii[1], 406 [2], xxxvi 'Synopsis' + ad, Newcastle: Printed by J. Blackwell for R.E. Bewick: Sold by Him, Longman & Co, London, 1847.

Wood-engravings and tailpieces within the text. Original mauve blindstamped cloth, spines neatly laid down, titled in gilt, new endpapers. Neat ownership signature. A very good bright set.

Earlier editions had about 131 figures of birds, 119 tailpieces and 101 figures of birds, 136 tailpieces. This contains more and is an attempt at a definitive edition by Robert and Jane Bewick. It introduces nineteen new vignettes, one new figure of a bird - 'Bewick's Swan' - thought to be his finest wood-engraving. The arrangement of the text varies from previos editions. Finally, this is the first and only edition to carry John Hancock's 'Synopsis' and is sometimes called 'Hancock's edition' from the revisions he supplied. Despite all this, it proved a very slow seller and the 1,500 sets printed were not declared out-of-print by Longmans until 1882. (Tattersfield TB 1.34)

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