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A HISTORY OF BRITISH BIRDS - THE FIGURES ENGRAVED ON WOOD BY T. BEWICK . CONTAINING THE HISTORY AND DESCRIPTION OF LAND BIRDS (ONE VOL/PART ONLY WITH SIGNED BEWICK LETTER )
Edward Walker For T. Bewick, Newcastle, 1809 Third Edition, - 8vo. Many Bewick wood engravings including vignette title-page, xlii, [43] 44-327. A handwritten note pasted at the front endpapers from George Gulliver (anatomist 1804- 1882) states: 'With 9 proofs of wood cuts of birds, an illustrated receipt, and an autograph letter of Thomas Bewick, dated April 14, 1823 (Newcastle) to Mr L .Edmonston: all inserted at the end of this volume. They were given to me by Mrs Edmonston. Her husband, Dr Laurence Edmondston, has now (1862) been a medical practitioner upwards of 40 years at Bolton Sound, Shetland, which place he is a native. He knew and corresponded with Bewick about birds and the cuts were sent at different times by Bewick to Dr Evanston with the writing on them. George Gulliver. Bewick's signed handwritten letter reads:'Newcastle 14 April 1823. Dear Sir, I received your kind letter of the 10th and have ever since been in anxious expectation of receiving the Ivory Gull, as it's not yet come to hand. I fear the box may have been detained or else forwarded to Newcastle under Line by mistake as Wednesday is the date which you have limited me for its return. I thought it necessary to apprize you of its non arrival, that an enquiry if necessary might be set on foot without further delay– I have only to thank you for your very great kindness and attention endeavouring to procure from me so many specimens of rare birds which will always be most acceptable to me.I am dear sir your obliged and obedient Thomas Bewick. Covering sheet /envelope to Edmondson in Edinburgh in non Bewick hand , possibly someone at his workshop.)The "thumbprint" leaf had formerly been bound into the Fables of Aesop (dated Jan. 1, 1824, with handcoloured seaweed and hawthorne leaf, and numbered and priced in ink.)The '9 cuts' of birds are pasted on 4 pages, 5 have short notes underneath, possibly in Edmonston's hand 2 in pencil. The book itself is sound near very good but rubbed and used (half green leather, marbled boards, raised bands gilt not present in blind stamp title at spine. The cuts and letter are in good shape with 2 tiny holes to text of letter not affecting text. Dr Laurence Edmondston (1895-1879) was a published writer on science and natural history esp of the Shetland Isles. He was a correspondent (among others) of Bewick, Sir David Brewster, Principal James Forbes, Edward Forbes, Sir W. Hooker, Jameson, Macgillivray, Greville, Gwynn Jeffreys, Allman, and Prince Lucien Bonaparte. The gull referred to was possibly stuffed, possibly not. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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