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History of British Birds

History of British Birds
2 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Zoology

  • Date Published: September 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108065412

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About the Authors
  • Thomas Bewick (1753–1828) is synonymous with finely crafted wood engravings of the natural world, and his instantly recognisable style influenced book illustration well into the nineteenth century. During his childhood in the Tyne valley, his two obsessions were art and nature. At fourteen, he was apprenticed to the engraver and businessman Ralph Beilby (1743–1817) with whom he later published A General History of Quadrupeds (also reissued in this series). The present work, with its text compiled from various sources, was the first practical field guide for the amateur ornithologist, inspiring also artists and writers. Each of the two volumes contains hundreds of illustrations of breathtaking beauty and precision: one for each species, neatly capturing its character in exquisite detail, interspersed with charming vignettes of country life. Volume 1, published in 1797, covers land birds, including eagles and owls. Volume 2, published in 1804, covers water birds, including sandpipers and guillemots.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2013
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108065412
    • length: 800 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • weight: 1.01kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1:
    1. Birds of prey
    2. The falcon tribe
    3. Of the owl
    4. Of the shrike
    5. Birds of the pie kind
    6. The woodpeckers
    7. Of the passerine order
    8. Of the grosbeak
    9. Of the bunting
    10. Of the finch
    11. Of the lark
    12. Of the wagtail
    13. Of the flycatchers
    14. Of the warblers
    15. Of the titmouse
    16. Of the swallow
    17. Of the dove kind
    18. Of the gallinaceous kind
    19. Of the plover. Volume 2:
    1. Of the oyster-catcher
    2. Of the spoonbill
    3. Of the crane
    4. Of the heron
    5. Of the curlew
    6. Of the snipe
    7. Of the godwit
    8. Of the sandpiper
    9. Of the coot
    10. Of the phalarope
    11. Of the grebe
    12. Of the avoset
    13. Of the auk or penguin
    14. Of the guillemot
    15. Of the divers
    16. Of the tern or sea swallow
    17. Of the gull
    18. Of the petrel
    19. Of the mergus
    20. Of the anas
    21. Of the pelican.

  • Author

    Thomas Bewick

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