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A Natural History of British Birds, &c with their portraits, accurately drawn, and beautifully coloured from nature
London: printed for S. Hooper, [1770-]1775 Folio (21 4/8 x 14 4/8 inches). Letterpress title-page. 40 fine hand-coloured etched plates, including 2 double-page, by Gabriel Smith and Hayes after Hayes, five with engraved captions dated 1771: Bantam Cock, the Teal-male, the Starling -male, the Reed-Sparrow- male, and the Bramble-Finch (without the engraved dedication leaf as usual, some short marginal tears with early repairs on verso extending into the image on plates 2 and 12). 19th-century half tan calf, marbled boards, gilt (extremities scuffed). Provenance: with the engraved armorial bookplate of Peter Isaac Thellusson, 1st Baron Rendlesham (1761 - 1808) on the front paste-down; the bookplate of Seton Thompson on the front paste-down. First edition. Hayes "was a good bird artist... and his impressive large portraits of British species... were used to make forty folio etched hand-coloured plates, including 47 bird figures, for... [the present work]... Hayes executed all but eight of the plates himself... At this stage he appears to have been learning how to produce his own etched plates from Gabriel Smith, the etcher of the other eight plates in his book" (Christine Jackson Bird Etchings pp.122-123). Anker 198; Fine Bird Books (1990) p.105; Mullens & Swann p.287; Nissen IVB 421; Zimmer pp.293-294. For more information about this book, or a warm welcome to see it and other books in our library at 72nd Street, NYC, please contact Kate Hunter, M.A. Oxon, in the Rare Book Department.
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