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A General History of Quadrupeds

£150.00

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An early nineteenth-century copy of Bewick's popular natural history, illustrated with woodcuts. Featuring woodcuts of animals throughout. Thomas Bewick (12 August 1753 8 November 1828) was an English wood engraver and ornithologist. Bewick's national reputation was fully established by his General History of Quadrupeds, published in 1790, and his History of British Birds - land birds in 1797, and water birds in 1804. The inspiration sprang from his great dissatisfaction with the crudely illustrated books of his youth. Although the compilation of the descriptive text for the Quadrupeds began as early as 1781, when Bewick applied to Squire Fenwick of Bywell for the history of his celebrated racehorse Match'em, much of the work relating to the text fell to Beilby. The engravings were likewise the work of evenings when Bewick's workshop day was over. Naturally his most successful subjects were those with which he was best acquainted and which he could draw from the life; some of the more exotic he was able to see in the travelling wild beast shows of men such as Gilbert Pidcock and Stephen Polito, who in turn commissioned him to engrave large cuts for their posters and handbills.

The book is in relatively good condition apart from foxing throughout but it doesn't affect the readability.

Or Ref:13

Item details

Author(s):
Thomas Bewick
Condition:
Fair
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
526
Publisher:
T. Bewick & S. Hodgson
Title:
A General History of Quadrupeds

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An early nineteenth-century copy of Bewick's popular natural history, illustrated with woodcuts. Featuring woodcuts of animals throughout. Thomas Bewick (12 August 1753 8 November 1828) was an English wood engraver and ornithologist. Bewick's national reputation was fully established by his General History of Quadrupeds, published in 1790, and his History of British Birds - land birds in 1797, and water birds in 1804. The inspiration sprang from his great dissatisfaction with the crudely illustrated books of his youth. Although the compilation of the descriptive text for the Quadrupeds began as early as 1781, when Bewick applied to Squire Fenwick of Bywell for the history of his celebrated racehorse Match'em, much of the work relating to the text fell to Beilby. The engravings were likewise the work of evenings when Bewick's workshop day was over. Naturally his most successful subjects were those with which he was best acquainted and which he could draw from the life; some of the more exotic he was able to see in the travelling wild beast shows of men such as Gilbert Pidcock and Stephen Polito, who in turn commissioned him to engrave large cuts for their posters and handbills.

The book is in relatively good condition apart from foxing throughout but it doesn't affect the readability.

Or Ref:13

Author(s):
Thomas Bewick
Condition:
Fair
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
526
Publisher:
T. Bewick & S. Hodgson
Title:
A General History of Quadrupeds

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