Second edition, revised with seven extra plates.
Royal octavo original green cloth with elaborate
decoration to spine and gilt vignettes on upper cover.
365 beautiful hand-coloured plates with plate-guards.
xii, 303 pages + 60 plates.
iv, 263 pages + 61 plates.
iv, 272 pages + 56 plates.
iv, 264 pages + 63 plates.
iv, 247 pages + 65 plates.
iv, 225 pages + 60 plates.
Benjamin Fawcett was one of the finest wood-block colour printers in England during the
nineteenth century. He was known for his attention to detail and engraved every one of
the 365 wood-blocks from pear/boxwood used in this remarkable and beautiful work. He made
all the inks from the most expensive powders and varnishes, making this work without parallel
in the publishing world. His colour printing revolutionised the world of ornithology and
replaced the monochrome plates previously associated with Thomas Bewick. His principle
artist-illustrator was Alexander Francis Lydon though previously his wife Mary Anne undertook
the task of colouring the plates.
Recorded shipping weight 9000g.
Shipped and insured by recorded delivery.
- Binding Condition: very good
- Overall Condition: very good
- Size: 26 x 19 cm