[Ferriss, Edna W. (Ed.) and Thomas Bewick]
Seller ID: 1030
St. Charles, IL: privately printed, 1951. Edition limited to 500 unnumbered copies, pulled from the original 42 blocks engraved by Bewick; in two unpaginated volumes of 21 wood engravings each (Perhaps a better title would have been 42 Engravings), the set housed in complimentary slipcase in decorative paper. 8vo (22cm x 15cm) in green morocco half leather over decorative paper featuring images of Bewick's engravings, gilt decoration and titles to spines, silk place holders. In the early 1940's Ferriss purchased a number of 'little black blocks' from a Chicago bookseller. Bewick's work as a wood engraver was unknown to her at the time, but she took care to learn about her little blocks of ink-stained wood and produced this edition of nicely printed images from Bewick's Quadrupeds and British Birds, which are presented here in company with selections from the original texts. Wear to the extremities of the slipcase, faded at the edges; spines uniformly sun-faded to a not unattractive brown, nothing untoward. A bright, clean set with sharp images from Bewick's best work.
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