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History of British Birds

History and Description of Land Birds [vol. 1 of British Birds]
History and Description of Water Birds [vol. 2 of British Birds]

1798–1804
Illustrated by Thomas Bewick (English, 1753–1828), Printer Solomon Hodgson (English, 18th century), Printer Edward Walker (English, died in 1831), Publisher Ralph Beilby (English, 1743 or 1744–1817)


Place of Publication: Newcastle, England

Catalogue Raisonné

Ray 51; Hugo, Bewick Collector, 99; Roscoe, TB Bibliography, 15b, 17c

Dimensions

Overall (each vol.): 23 x 14.4 x 3.7 cm (9 1/16 x 5 11/16 x 1 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

37.1960a-b

Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 453 wood engravings

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Illustrated books

(Newcastle: Sol. Hodgson, for Beilby & Bewick / Edward Walker, for T. Bewick, 1797 [i.e., 1798]-1804) Octavo, two vols.; [v. 1] 183 leaves, [v. 2] 210 leaves; modern half gilt-stamped red morocco, red marbled paper boards (Mudie).

Illustrations of birds; tailpiece vignettes of landscape and genre scenes


Newcastle: Sol. Hodgson, for Beilby & Bewick / Edward Walker, for T. Bewick, 1797 [i.e., 1798]-1804

Provenance

Acquired in 1903 by William A. Sargent, Boston (1858-1936), by whom bequeathed to MFA, November 17, 1937.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Collection—Bequest of William A. Sargent