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Two works bound together with numerous attractive woodcuts by John Mark, later red pebbled-cloth boards. This copy with the replacement cancel leaf for pp. 25/26 as usual (see bibliographic notes below). Contents: History - pp. vi [2], 101, [1] "Illustrated with woodcuts."; Catalogue - pp. vi, [2], 67, [1]. Binding very good with light wear only, no fading. Contents clean and tight. A very good copy. [Bibliographic notes: This book was issued in a variety of different liveries, presumably bound-up at different times by the publisher in response to demand, including full green cloth with a paper title label to the spine; full green or blue cloth with stamped gilt title to the spine; this copy would appear to have a later binding; some copies include publisher's adverts, either 16-pages bound in at the front dated March 1836, or 24-pages bound in at the rear (dated?). A large-paper edition (26.3 x 16.5 cm, as against 23.2 x 15 cm or slightly smaller for standard edition - binding dims.) was also published, and the only copy I have seen was bound in textured green cloth with gilt lettering to the spine, and included a manuscript note stating "only 100 copies printed", though I have been unable to verify this claim. In the same vein it is not infrequently claimed that the work was originally published in three monthly parts. Freeman notes that leaf 25/26 is often a cancel, with only the figure of a bird and no tailpiece i.e. the cancelandum (original leaf), when present, has the tailpiece but no bird, in this copy the cancel leaf is present. The texts of the two versions are very different too; in the earlier account it is stated that "there is no doubt that it has been indigenous", whereas the later account is rather less committal and includes a lengthy extract from the MS notebook of Joseph Sabine. The book was intended to 'complete' Bewick, and Christine Jackson in The Dictionary of Bird Artists p. 354 writes "Marks engravings are good and the figures most attractive making this book well worth seeking out."] Size: 8vo (22 x 14 cm)
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