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    Thomas Bewick and Ralph Beilby: History of British Birds. (Newcastle: Sol. Hodgson and Edward Walker, 1797-1804), two volumes, first edition, second issue with the words "Wycliffe, 1791" in the block of the figure of the Sea-Eagle in vol. 1, p.11, a misprint on p. 145 "Sahæniclus" for "Schæniclus", vignette (vol. 1, p. 285) censored, vI 335 pages, vII 400 pages, with 233 woodcuts of birds in text, about 170 vignettes in woodcut showing scenes of British rural life, beautifully bound in full leather, with double gilt rules on the front and rear boards, gilt bird motifs on spine, brown and red morocco spine labels with gilt titles, gilt dentelle, marbled edges, 8vo (6" x 9.25"), light shelf wear to edges of boards and corners, inside front hinge vI just starting to crack, ffep missing from vI, large section of ffep clipped from vII, light toning to pages, else textblocks tight, pages clean, very good condition.
    Volume I contains a history and description of land birds, volume II concerns water birds. It is assumed that Beilby wrote the text for volume I to accompany Bewick's wonderful woodcut illustrations. Volume II appears to be entirely the work of Bewick.

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