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1891 Morris : History of British Birds (6 Vols) 394 Hand-Coloured Plate

1891 Morris : History of British Birds (6 Vols) 394 Hand-Coloured Plate

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A HISTORY OF BRITISH BIRDS (Complete in Six Volumes)

By F. O. Morris

Published by John C. Nimmo, London, 1891. Third Edition. Newly Revised, Corrected, and Enlarged. Complete in Six Volumes. Original publisher's gilt decorated cloth bindings, 4to (27 x 19cm). xx, 318, iv, 288, iv, 281, iv, 258, iv, 232, iv, 235 pp. With 394 beautiful hand-coloured plates.

A very good complete set. All bindings are in good condition with no tears. Endpapers good. All contents present including all hand-coloured plates. Pages clean throughout and free from foxing, stains etc. All plates present and in lovely clean condition.

Francis Orpen Morris (25 March 1810 – 10 February 1893) was an Anglo-Irish clergyman, notable as "parson-naturalist" (ornithologist and entomologist) and as the author of many children's books and books on natural history and heritage buildings. He was a pioneer of the movement to protect birds from the plume trade and was a co-founder of the Plumage League. He died on 10 February 1893 and was buried at Nunburnholme, East Riding of Yorkshire, England.

 Morris acquired a reputation for writing popular essays on natural history and in particular on birds. His first book was an arrangement of British birds and was published in 1834. About this time he formed a close working association with Benjamin Fawcett (1808–1893), a local printer. This relationship would last nearly 50 years and have a profound effect on British ornithology. Benjamin Fawcett was arguably the most

Morris wrote the text for books which were financed and printed by Fawcett, and were illustrated by Alexander Francis Lydon (1836–1917). Colour printing was a major change from the fine monochrome work of Thomas Bewick (1753–1828). At first wood-engraving illustrations were coloured by hand, but later a system of colouring from multiple wood blocks was used.accomplished of nineteenth century woodblock colour printers.

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