A History Of British Birds//1865-1770/rare Early Edition In 8 Volumes/f.o.morris


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VERY RARE - SCARCE EDITION - AN IMPORTANT WORK
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358 FINELY HAND COLORED BIRD PLATES

A HISTORY OF BRITISH BIRDS
by
THE REV. F.O. MORRIS, 1810-1893

LONDON: Groombridge and Sons. N. D. (Published date 1865-70). RAREEARLY EDITION. In 8 volumes. 8vo. 7.5" x 5" inches. (LxB). Complete with 358 finely hand colored engraved plates, all edges marbled. Bound in a fine original contemporary 3/4 polished calf leather bindings over cloth boards, gilt ruled & decorated spines with original black gilt lettered morocco labels. A History of British Birds which was first published in monthly parts from June 1850, over a period of seven years. Each part contained 24 pages of letterpress and 4 hand-coloured plates. It was a resounding success. The inspiration for Francis Orpen Morris' A History of British Birds actually came from the renowned English printer, Benjamin Fawcett, who approached Morris to write the text when Morris became Vicar of Nafferton. Morris had a reputation as a popular writer on natural history in general and birds in particular. His first book, Guide to an Arrangement of British Birds, had appeared as early as 1834. However, his association with Benjamin Fawcett was to have remarkable results, particularly for the study of ornithology. Alexander Francis Lydon was one of Fawcett’s principal engravers, contributing much in technique and design. A team of women colorists under very strict scrutiny first from Fawcett then his wife (a former colourist herself) hand colored each plate. Morris became an early advocate for conservation and was instrumental in founding the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. A classic work. There are numerous close-up pictures of the contents given below; please click on them for a detailed description (See Scans below). Please take some time to view the 50+ pictures in detail, in order to gain a full idea of the contents and condition.

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Rev. Francis Orpen Morris (25 March 1810 near Cork - 10 February 1893), Irish ornithologist and entomologist, was notable as the author of many children's books and books on natural history and heritage buildings. He died on 10 February 1893 and was buried at Nunburnholme, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. During his stay at Nafferton he acquired a reputation for writing popular essays on natural history and in particular on birds. His first book was an arrangement of British birds and was published in 1834. About this time he formed a close working association with Benjamin Fawcett (1808-1893), a local printer. This relationship would last nearly 50 years and have a profound effect on British ornithology. Benjamin Fawcett was arguably the most accomplished of nineteenth century woodblock colour printers. Morris wrote the text for books which were financed and printed by Fawcett, and were illustrated by Alexander Francis Lydon (1836-1917). Colour printing showed an enormous improvement on the work of Thomas Bewick (1753-1828). At first wood-engraving illustrations were coloured by hand, but later a system of colouring from multiple wood blocks was used. Morris' books were mostly published by Groombridge & Sons, of London. His first best-seller was A History of British Birds which was published from June 1850 in monthly parts over a period of some seven years. Each folio consisted of text and 4 hand-coloured plates. Initially only a thousand copies were printed, but surprising demand quickly forced Fawcett to move to larger premises at East Lodge in Driffield. A Natural History of the Nests and Eggs of British Birds, A History of British Butterflies and A History of British Moths followed in rapid succession. The final work which Fawcett, Morris and Lydon would do together was The County Seats of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland. This appeared in six volumes, each with 40 coloured plates, and text as usual by Morris. Groombridge & Sons dissolved about 1880, with neither Fawcett nor Morris having profited much financially from their collaboration.

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CONDITION REPORT: A rare book set in fine original contemporary 3/4 polished calf leather bindings over cloth boards, gilt ruled & decorated spines with original black gilt lettered morocco labels (See Scans below), pages-plates with minor age toning, are clean & bright (See Scans below), the bindings are tight & intact (See Scans below). The leather is smooth & supple to the touch. (See Scans below). Note: The back coversof volumes 1 &4are a bit stained not affecting any pages (See Scans below). Prelims are a bit foxed (See Scans below). There are many close-up pictures for your kind perusal. Please click on any of the 50+ images above & below in the listing for enlarged close-up pictures of details, virtues & flaws (See Scans below).


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