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History of British Birds, 2 Volumes

Author: Bewick, Thomas
Price: $600.00
Publisher Location: Newcastle, England
Publisher: Printed By Edward Walker for T. Bewick
Book Condition: Very Good Plus
Binding: Full-Leather
Edition: First Edition
Full polished brown calf bindings with double gilt lines along the edges of all boards, and gilt dentilles on the edges and turnins. Volume one published 1797 a history and description of land birds. Bewick followed this in 1804 with volume two, so stated and also the first edition, a history and description of water birds. The Spine has new title and volume labels, raised bands, and gilt that is somewhat worn on the spine pane. Dates in worn gilt at the bottom of the spines. Inside, clean and tight, very clean with only a few spots. Prior owner of volume one was Eliza Stanhope, signed on the title page. But the volume two signature, also on the top of the title page is M. Latham. Bewick's bird illustrations were regarded as the best, until Audubon's in color more than a century later.
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