BEWICK, Thomas. History of British Birds. Newcastle: Printed by Sol. Hodgson for Beilby & Bewick, 1797-1804.
8vo. 2 vols. Nineteenth century full brown calf, gilt floriate border to sides, spines with gilt raised bands, gilt tolls and contrasting green and red morocco gilt lettering pieces, marbled endpapers; pp. xxx + [ii] + 335 + [i], xx + 400, figures engraved on wood by T. Bewick; volume I sometime recased with missing portion repaired to head of spine, front hinge of vol II tender, occasional slight spotting, previous owner's ink-stamp to title pages, very good.
First editions of each volume."[Bewick] limited himself to British birds, which he could observe at first hand, and the scenes of English life, previously confined to tail-pieces, became more numerous and elaborate, more varied and poetic. The History of British Birds is consequently his masterpiece with respect both to craftsmanship and creative imagination." (Gordon Ray, The Illustrator and the Book ..., p.34).
Roscoe 14 and 17.