Date of Printing: 1855 • Medium: Lithograph (hand colored) • Subject Category: Natural History - Birds • Signed: Unsigned • Period Created: Romantic (1800 - 1899) • Plate Size HxWxD cm: N/A • Leaf Paper Size HxW cm: 25 x 30.3 • Style: FOLIO Original Vintage • Print on Verso: Blank on verso • Condition: Good, with slight toning at edges • Edition Type: Limited Edition • Paper Type: Woven • Framed: Print only
This is a hand colored wood engraving, Ptarmigan birds, from the first edition of Beverly R. Morris’ BRITISH GAME BIRDS AND WILDFOWL, with illustrations by Benjamin Fawcett. Published London, 1855, this work contained sixty colored plates of game birds and waterfowl and was such a success that it was revised with a fourth edition being issued in 1895.
Beverly Morris was a younger brother of famous British ornithologist, Francis Morris. BRITISH GAME BIRDS….was “a collection of accounts of British game birds, with a statement of the distribution and habits of the species and descriptions of the birds, their eggs and nests and notes on their value as articles of food.”
This engraving, Ptarmigan birds, is in good condition with some browning at the paper edges and normal paper yellowing. Evidence of the original bookbinding is at the bottom margin.