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Coloured Illustrations of the Eggs of British Birds. Vol. I-II

by Hewitson, W.C.

  • Hardback £500.00
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  • Catalogue No : 48293
  • Published : 1856
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : xvi, 289, [1]; [iv], [1], 290*-532
  • Publisher : John van Voorst
  • Published In : London
  • Illustrations : 149 fine hand-col plates


Third edition, originally published in 38 parts between 1853 and 1856. Illustrated by fine hand-coloured, lithographic plates (numbered I-CXLV, XLV*, LI*, LIII*, XC*); also with additional leaves, 178*, 202*, 210*, 290*, 334*. This work was described by Mullens & Swann (1917) as, 'still a standard work and esteemed for the exactness of the figures'.

Nissen IVB, 442; Mullens & Swann, p. 294.

William Chapman Hewitson (1806-1878), was a land-surveyor, but on inheriting a large fortune, he left work and dedicated himself to the study of natural history, particularly Lepidoptera and birds' eggs. He published a number of important works, including Illustrations of Exotic Butterflies (1852-1877), and also became an accomplished illustrator.


2 vols, 8vo, orig. cloth, spines faded with some wear. A few gathering starting. Half-title and final leaf in Vol. I browned. Later ink inscription to endpapers. A few plates with common names neatly added in pencil and occasional annotation to text. A good presentable set.

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