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History of British Birds

Newcastle: Sol. Hodgson, for Beilby & Bewick / Edward Walker, for T. Bewick, 1797 [i.e., 1798]-1804


Acquired in 1903 by William A. Sargent, Boston (1858-1936), by whom bequeathed to MFA, November 17, 1937.

Credit Line

Bequest of William A. Sargent

History and Description of Land Birds [vol. 1 of British Birds]

History and Description of Water Birds [vol. 2 of British Birds]


Place of Publication

Newcastle, England

Catalogue Raisonné

Ray 51; Hugo, Bewick Collector, 99; Roscoe, TB Bibliography, 15b, 17c

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Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 453 wood engravings


Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books