Thursday, 13 May 2010

A History of British Birds

 

A History of British Birds is back in print. The Folio Society has published a two volume edition based on the 1848 edition.

From the Folio Society Website:

"This edition is quarter-bound in blue leather with traditional raised bands on the spine and hand-marbled paper sides, modelled after fine 18th-century bindings. The type has been reset using the 1826 edition which was the final edition printed during Bewick’s lifetime and revised by him in person."

"Reproducing the engravings called for a highly skilled and technical approach. The Folio Society consulted Iain Bain, printing historian and expert on Bewick, who recommended using the 1848 edition which he considers the best edition ever printed from the original wood blocks. Each engraving was scanned by a specialist art reprographer. Normally engravings are printed black only, but because of the tonal range of Bewick’s images, the illustrations in this edition have been printed in duotone to allow the full range of detail and shading to be seen. We believe that this is the finest reproduction yet produced."

You can read more about the edition on the Folio Society Website, click here. 

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