1804 1ed British BIRDS Bewick Ornithology Eagles Owl Ducks 2v SET Illustrated

BEWICK, Thomas

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Thomas Bewick, a notable English engraver and natural historian, is most famous work on the birds of Great Britain. ‘History of British Birds’ was published in two volumes at the turn of the century and covers both land and water fowl. This work is notable for being referenced in many famous works such as Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

 

This set was well received, but the majority of its praise came after the second volume was released. According to British Critic,

“everyone liked it because of the aptness of its descriptions, the accuracy of its figures, the spirit of its wood engravings, and the ingenious variety of its vignettes”

 

Bewick understood that this book was simply a modest guide to the common man and was not to be the foremost resource on birds; however, because of the incredible illustrations this book was beloved for generations. Per the Tate Gallery,

“the best illustrations are in his natural history books. ‘The History of British Birds’ reveal Bewick’s gifts as a naturalist as well as an engraver.”

 

Bewick is credited with popularizing, a technical innovation in the printing of illustrations using wood. He adopted metal-engraving tools to cut hard boxwood across the grain, producing printing blocks that could be integrated with metal type, but were much more durable than traditional woodcuts. The result was high quality illustration at a low price, as seen here in this work.

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1804 1ed British BIRDS Bewick Ornithology Eagles Owl Ducks 2v SET Illustrated

 

Thomas Bewick, a notable English engraver and natural historian, is most famous work on the birds of Great Britain. ‘History of British Birds’ was published in two volumes at the turn of the century and covers both land and water fowl. This work is notable for being referenced in many famous works such as Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

 

This set was well received, but the majority of its praise came after the second volume was released. According to British Critic,

“everyone liked it because of the aptness of its descriptions, the accuracy of its figures, the spirit of its wood engravings, and the ingenious variety of its vignettes”

 

Bewick understood that this book was simply a modest guide to the common man and was not to be the foremost resource on birds; however, because of the incredible illustrations this book was beloved for generations. Per the Tate Gallery,

“the best illustrations are in his natural history books. ‘The History of British Birds’ reveal Bewick’s gifts as a naturalist as well as an engraver.”

 

Bewick is credited with popularizing, a technical innovation in the printing of illustrations using wood. He adopted metal-engraving tools to cut hard boxwood across the grain, producing printing blocks that could be integrated with metal type, but were much more durable than traditional woodcuts. The result was high quality illustration at a low price, as seen here in this work.

 

Item number: #13295

Price: $599

 

BEWICK, Thomas

 

History of British birds: the figures engraved on wood by T. Bewick.

 

Newcastle: Printed by Edward Walker, for T. Bewick: Sold by him, and Longman and Rees, London, 1804. First London edition.

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages; 2 volumes
    • I – xxxviii, 39-386
    • II – xx, 400
    • Illustrated throughout with HUNDREDS of woodcuts
  • References: Lowndes 168; Encyclopedia Britannica 1911; Zimmer p. 57; Nissen IVB, 95; Roscoe 15A,17A, & 21
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Leather; tight and secure
  • Size: ~9in X 6in (22.5cm x 15cm)

 

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13295

Category

Natural History

Authors

BEWICK, Thomas

Printing Date

19th Century

Language

English

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete