History and Description of Land Birds
First edition, 1797, Thomas Bewick's field guide with his wonderful woodcuts
First edition. Hardback bound in half leather with marbled paper covered boards, leather title label to spine. 23.5 × 14.5cm, 335pp.
Bewick's British Birds is a delightful field guide. Illustrated throughout with Bewick's woodcuts of the birds as well as fine cul de lampes (tailpieces). This is the first edition of the first volume covering land birds (a second volume covered water birds).
A very good copy. There is some rubbing to the boards and the endpapers and prelims have spotted foxing but the main body of text is in very good order. A lovely copy.