F.O. Morris Bird Egg Prints 1892

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MNE101 $15
White's Thrush, Rock Thrush
MNE106 $15
MNE105 $1
Short Lark, White-Winged Lark, Short-Toed Lark
MNE122 $15
Black-throated Wheatear,
Isabelline Wheatear, Desert Wheatear
MNE109 $15
Little Crake, Baillon's Crake, Water-Rail
MNE114 $15
Great Spotted Cuckoo, Red-Necked Nightjar
MNE118 $15
MNE119 $15
Wryneck, Creeper, Wall Creeper
MNE123 $15
Reed Bunting
MNE124 $15
Firecrest, Yellow-Browed Warbler
Pied Wagtail, White Wagtail
MNE126 $15
Yellow-Billed Cuckoo
MNE127 $15
Short Lark, White-Winged Lark, Short-Toed Lark
MNE131 $15
MNE128 $15
Martin, Sand Martin
MNE132 $15
Mealy Redpole, Twite
MNE134 $15
Hairy Woodpecker, Three-Toed Woodpecker
MNE135 $15
Rose-Coloured Pastor
MNE136 $15
Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
MNE137 $15
Roller, Kingfisher
MNE139 $15
Alpine Swift
MNE142 $15
Red-Breasted Flycatcher
MNE143 $15
Snowy Owl, Tawny Owl
MNE144 $15
White Owl, Mottled Owl, Little Owl
MNE145 $15
Snowy Owl, Tawny Owl
MNE146 $15
Bulwer's Petrel, Manx Shearwater
MNE147 $15
Dabchick, Dusky Grebe, Eared Grebe
MNE148 $15
Eagle Owl, Scops-Eared Owl
MNE149 $15
Tengmalm's Owl, Hawk Owl
MNE150 $15
Eagle Owl, Scops-Eared Owl
MNE151 $15
Short-Eared Owl, Long-Eared Owl
MNE152 $15
Rock Dove, Turtle Dove
MNE153 $15
Passenger Pigeon EXTINCT
Tengmalm's Owl, Hawk Owl
MNE155 $15
Black Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker
MNE156 $15
Hen Harrier, Montagu's Harrier
MNE157 $15
Short-Eared Owl, Long-Eared Owl
MNE158 $15
Grey-Lag Goose, Bean Goose
MNE159 $15
MNE160 $15
Egyptian Goose, Canada Goose
MNE161 $15
Snow Goose, Red-Breased Goose
MNE162 $15
Pink-Footed Goose, White-Fronted Goose
MNE165 $15
Eider Duck, King Duck
MNE166 $15
Numidian Crane, Crane
MNE163 $15
Great Northern Diver
MNE167 $15
Great Northern Diver
MNE221 $15
MNE223 $15
MNE225 $15
Swallow-Tailed Kite, Black Kite
MNE227 $15
MNE227A $15
MNE228A $15
Orange-Legged Hobby
MNE229 $15
Great Black-Backed Gull, Glaucous Gull
MNE229A $15
MNE230 $15
Ivory Gull, Iceland Gull
MNE231 $15
MNE232 $15
MNE232A $15
Lesser Black-Backed Gull, Herring Gull
MNE233 $15
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F.O. Morris Bird Egg Prints 1892

The popularity of these endearing prints has made them increasingly scarce, so we are delighted to have prints from the third edition published 1892 of Francis Orpen Morris, A Natural History of the Nests & Eggs of British Birds.

The inspiration for this book actually came from the renowned English printer Benjamin Fawcett, who approached Morris to write the text when Morris became Vicar of Nafferton. This remarkable work was entirely printed and bound in the small North Country village of Driffield, Fawcett's residence and shop, and shipped in tea chests to London. It was a resounding success and a cottage industry at its pinnacle of perfection!

The desirability of this work and its survival in such pristine condition is due to the superb skills and techniques of Fawcett, which are now largely lost. He selected, ground, and mixed his inks with the utmost care. Only heavy paper stock of the finest quality was used, often imported from France. This paper has seen little deterioration with almost no foxing and it retains its fine ivory color and sheen. The plates were color printed from separate wood blocks in up to four colors, with additional hand coloring.

Alexander Francis Lydon was one of Fawcett's principal engravers, contributing much in technique and design.

It is interesting to note that while the text is full of references to bird shoots, Morris became an early advocate for conservation and was instrumental in founding the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

(References include Fine Bird Books, p125 & Benjamin Fawcett, p77)

The condition of the plates is excellent, with high quality, heavy paper and almost no foxing as can be seen by the photos. There is some variation in the background colors of the prints, as usual. Each print measures approximately 7 inches by 10 ½ inches. No descriptive text is included. The photos are very accurate, so please review carefully. All our prints are authentic antique prints and guaranteed to be from the date stated. These prints are more than 160 years old and in exceptional condition.

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