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Bowen, Abel (wood engraver)
Pleasing Pictures of Birds
no publisher, No place, 1850. Unrecorded American children's book, without imprint or date, but with the "Bob-o-link" plate signed "A. Bowen." Printer Abel Bowen (1790-1850) is credited with introducing wood engraving to Boston. In 1834, he was one of the founders of the Boston Bewick Company, publisher of The American Magazine of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge, a popular illustrated periodical. A number of the birds collected in this little volume are copies, without background detail, of engravings that appeared in the magazine. Featured subjects include the bald eagle, the barn swallow, the quail, the partridge, the mockingbird, the hummingbird, the great horned owl, the woodpecker, the wild turkey, and the blue jay. Each wood engraving is skillfully hand-colored by a contemporary hand. Not in NUC or OCLC. See William Henry Whitmore, "Abel Bowen" (Bostonian Society, Publications I, 1886-1888), and Sinclair Hamilton, Early American Book Illustrators. A near-fine example of an American rarity. Single volume, measuring 6 x 4.5 inches: [48]. Original brown cloth stamped in blind and lettered in gilt: "Pleasing Pictures of Birds." Twenty-four hand-colored wood engravings, printed single side only; caption title ("Stories of Birds") within first engraving. Light pencil signature of Henry Poole Saunderson on front free endpaper, dated "Feb. 1858.". [Attributes: Signed Copy; Soft Cover]
Bookseller: Honey & Wax Booksellers, ABAA [Brooklyn, NY, U.S.A.]

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