2 volumes, unpaginated [40, 42 pp], each with 21 engravings from Bewick's original blocks (42 engravings in all), 8vo, red (Vol. 1) and green (Vol. 2) morocco and decorative boards, matching slipcase. These original Thomas Bewick engraved boxwood blocks were purchased by Ralph and Edna Ferris in the 1940s from Chicago bookseller Ben Abramson. Subjects are primarily from Bewicks's "A History of British Birds" and "A General History of Quadrupeds." Captions below each image seem to be adapted from those texts, with some Wordsworth thrown in for good measure. 500 copies printed at the Printing Office of Philip Reed, Chicago. Second volume spine faded from green to reddish brown to match first volume, else both fine in fine slipcase. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: 21 ENGRAVINGS: Volume I and Volume II.
Publisher: Privately Printed
Publication Date: 1951
Edition: First edition
Book Description Privately Printed, St. Charles, Illinois, 1951. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. Two matching volumes, each measuring 6 in. x 8 ½ in. One of an edition limited to 500 copies. Printed at the Printing Office of Philip Reed, Chicago. Each volume contains 21 engravings, accompanied by poetry of William Wordsworth. Volume I depicts birds, volume II various animals. Leather spines, decorated paper over boards. In a slipcase covered in paper matching that of the boards. The case has age-tanning and light wear to the corners. A card with name "Ferriss" is included; the person to whom the books are dedicated was named "Ferriss." The books are fine. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-13049764134