British Land Birds. Engraved on Wood. [with:] British Water Birds. Engraved on Wood. [with:] the Figures of Bewick's British Quadrupeds.
3 vols, large 4to (272 x 200 mm), each title with wood-engraved vignette and a total of 542 wood-engraved plates (157; 146; 224 and 15 bird engravings at end); a fine set in contemporary dark green straight-grained morocco. £6500A fine set of the special edition of Bewick's wood engravings, issued without letterpress in large quarto format. 'I last summer printed Sets 4to of Birds & Quadrupeds, without Type for the sole use of Artists (& when interleaved) of Naturalists' (letter from Bewick to Davaston, 26 November 1825). Earlier Bewick had written that 'the impression of the Cuts printed in this way are invariably softer & clearer') (letter of 1822 to John Rodford).The wood engravings are printed on soft woven paper in quarto format (as opposed to the octavo format of the editions with text). They are captioned in manuscript. The Quadrupeds is stated to be 'second edition' on the title. Some of the watermarks are Whatman 1821)Provenance: 'Miss Serjeants' inscription on title of QuadrupedsRoscoe 43, 44, and 12; Tattersfield TB1.27, 1.11. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 3937
Titel: British Land Birds. Engraved on Wood. [with:...
Verlag: Newcastle, Edward Walker, 1825, 1825, 1824
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