Thomas Bewick, A General History of Quadrupeds. The Figures Engraved on Wood by Thomas Bewick. The Seventh Edition. (Newcastle Upon Tyne: Printed by Edw. Walker... 1820). Large 8vo [8 3/4" x 5 1/2") 528 pp. Bound in early, probably original London full butterscotch polished calf, with later reback to full period style. Five raised bands, spine compartments ornately gilt, contrasting spine title gilt. Boards ruled and heavy gilt. Board edges adn inner dentiels gilt. Heavy stock rag paper. Original marbled endpapers. Illustrated with numerous wood engraved Woodcuts, vignettes on the titles and woodcuts throughout the text vignettes by Thomas Bewick and John Bewick.

This is Bewick's landmark "Quadrupeds" in its final format issued 8 years before his death. The illustrations on nearly every page of text are charming and masterfully struck.

Bewick in addition to accurate natural history provides much information on popular opinion of the day about domestic quadrupeds including horses (14 pages) and dogs (21 pages).

Thomas Bewick (1753-1828) is considered the renewer of the art of xylography (wood engraving) in England, a uniquely gifted artist as well as naturalist. He started working on his famous ?History of quadrupeds? in 1785, it was first published in 1790, and later again in 1792. The text was written
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