History of British Birds

by Thomas Bewick
Vol. I
containing the History and Description of Land Birds
Edition of 1814-16

Arms of Newcastle

Sometime between 1814 and 1816, Bewick published this fifth edition of the Land Birds on royal size paper, ostensibly to be paired with remaining copies of the royal edition (1805) of the Water Birds. In spite of the fact that it bears the date of 1804, S. Roscoe has noted in considerable detail why this was a new edition incorporating some modifications to the text. (Roscoe, 89-94) He also noted some copies of this edition with paper bearing a watermark of 1814. Figures and descriptions of the Peregrine Falcon and the Pied Flycatcher (second figure) appear for the first time as well. By clicking on a title in the left frame on this page, you can view the vignette below as well as information related to it.

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