History of British Birds

by Thomas Bewick
Vol. II
containing the History and Description of Water Birds
Edition of 1804

Boys Playing by a River


The first edition of the Water Birds was published in 1804, almost seven years after the publication of the Land Birds, the first volume of Bewick's History of British Birds. The volume was published in July of 1804. The descriptive text was by Bewick himself, and this edition contained 101 figures of birds as well as 136 vignettes.
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