A History of British Birds. Volume I: History And Description Of Land Birds & Vol. II: History And Description of Water Birds; :. Thomas Bewick.

A History of British Birds. Volume I: History And Description Of Land Birds & Vol. II: History And Description of Water Birds; :

Newcastle: Sol, Hodgson, For Beilby & Bewick, 1797, 1805. Bewick, Thomas. First & Second editions. Leather Bound. 335, 400 pages. 24 x 14.5 cm. Voluminously illustrated with wood-engravings. The first volume of this work was published in 1797 for which Beilby furnished the written descriptions with Bewick providing the text of the second volume. This copy, possibly a trimmed thick royal editions, variant A vignette on page 22 and uninked vignette on p. 285. First edition of Vol. I, second edition, Vol. II. Gordon N. Ray [ILLUSTRATOR AND THE BOOK IN ENGLAND, ETC.] "Bewick's use of end-grained blocks was widely imitated both in England and the Continent. Among his apprentices were some of the most distinguished engravers of the first half of the 19th century. When later artists like Gordon Craig and William Nicholson revived the tradition of creative work on wood, they turned to Bewick's example in freeing themselves from the trammels of reproductive engraving." BRUNET, Vol.I, p.839. Interior contents fresh and clean. Raised bands, spine panels richly gilt, triple gilt border fillets house an inner rectangle of fillets with gilt arabesques at the corners, light joint and extremity rubbing. Full dark green morocco. Aeg. Very good. 2 vols. Item #20765

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