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Containing the history and description of water birds

Thomas Bewick

(Cambridge library collection, . History of British birds / Thomas Bewick ; v. 2)

Cambridge University Press, 2013

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"This edition first published 1804. This digitally printed version 2013"--T.p. verso

Reprint. Originally published: London : Printed by Edward Walker, for T. Bewick : sold by him, and Longman and Rees, 1804

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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 2, first published in 1804, covers water birds, including sandpipers, terns, grebes and guillemots.

Table of Contents

  • 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.

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    xx, 400 p.
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