A History of British Birds
A History of British Birds

YARRELL, William. A History of British Birds.

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YARRELL, William. A History of British Birds. John Van Voorst, [1837-] 1843.

8vo. 3 vols. . Bound in full green morocco, gilt triple fillets to sides, gilt spines with raised bands, gilt turn ins, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled, ; pp. xxxii + 528; 672; 528; wood engraved illustrations by John Thompson; a very clean copy in a handsome binding. Provenance: bookplates of Samuel Simpson to front pastedowns.
First edition. Zimmer describes this book as "for many years a standard work on the natural history of British birds." It was hugely successful because of its appeal to the burgeoning market for lower-priced books of natural history as ornithology, in particular, became a popular recreational pursuit. Wood-engraving was a cheaper production method than lithography or metal-engraving and so the price could be kept down; yet Thompson's illustrations are of great artistic merit. Moreover, Yarrell's text is as accessible and entertaining as it is accurate and informative, and the work as a whole was considered a worthy successor to Bewick's similarly presented books on birds.
Nissen IVB 1029; Zimmer p. 697; Wood p. 639.

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