Figures of British land birds, engraved on wood by T. Bewick. To which are added, a few foreign birds, with their vulgar and scientific names. Volume I. [All published].
Item ID 63346
Newcastle upon Tyne, R. Beilby and T. Bewick, 1800. 8vo (23.0 x 13.8 cm). Title page with engraved vignette, preface, 133 plates, each with a captioned engraving of a bird or (the first plate) a nest, or (the second and third plate) bird hunting, and on each an engraved vignette; one page with engraved vignette only. Contemporary polished half calf over marbled boards. Spine with black morocco label, gilt lines. Rare edition - the rarest of all Berwick's works -, probably printed in 500 copies only. The vignettes are either simple ornaments (a few) or scenes from rural life (the vast majority). The last page has no bird, but includes the uncensored engraving of a farmer defecating in an outdoor loo-annex-pigsty, which in other copies has often been found lacking (fide Nissen) or censored with bars. The 14 engravings of foreign birds included here are not present in Bewick's more common larger, contemporary work, "History of British Birds". Bookplate of Walter George Crombie on the front paste-down. Joints week, some rubbing to boards and spine, otherwise a very good copy. Nissen IVB, 96. The rarest of all Bewick's works