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BEWICK, Thomas.
British Land Birds. Engraved on Wood. WITH : British Water Birds. Engraved on Wood.

Each volume with Title-page with engraved vignette and 157 leaves, each with an engraving, all on light wove paper except for the final sheet of Water Birds which is of a heavier grade. Most of the plates are captioned in pencil with the common English names, occasionally with the Latin binomials [Linnaeus] and the French common names [Buffon] added. 10 plates of the Land Birds and 46 of the Water Birds do not have captions; there are one or two additional pencil notes - the plate of the Magpie states 'Drawn by Mrs Walker' [?wife of the printer]; that of the Siskin - 'I shot two very perfect specimens at Fencote. Feby. 12th 1829'; and on the Blackcap - 'Mrs Walker has painted both male & female'. Finely rebound in modern brown morocco by JOHN VIVIAN, the spine with 5 raised bands and panels gilt, the boards with gilt-lined borders, all edges gilt, marbled end-papers, the first title slightly foxed and the corners browned and a bit chipped, occasional foxing and the odd little mark, one sheet with a light red crayon line, overall a very nice copy ex libris RICHARD FREEMAN, Darwin scholar, with his purchase notes at the front.

*ROSCOE #43 AND #44. One of 100 copies; FREEMAN British Natural History Books, #308 [he states 'without text or captions'; the pencil captions above appear contemporary]. Regarding the additional note to the plate of the Magpie above, AUSTIN DOBSON also remarks on this plate - 'To the left of the magpie is one of those worn-out old horses, with whose sufferings Bewick had so keen a sympathy. It has apparently broken its neck by falling over a little cliff, part of the rails of which it has carried with it in its descent.' AUSTIN DOBSON. Thomas Bewick and His Pupils. 1889. p.106.

Edw[ard]. Walker. Pilgrim-Street, Newcastle.

Date Published: 1825. 2 volumes in 1. 4to.

Stock No. 63276

Price: 3,000.00