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A General History Of Quadrupeds. The Figures Engraved On Wood By T. Bewick.

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Newcastle Upon Tyne:: Printed By And For S. Hodgson, R. Beilby, & T. Bewick, Newcastle; Sold By Them, By G.G.J. & J. Robinson, And C. Dilly, London., 1790.

Physical Description

viii, 456 p.: illus.; 205 mm. (Octavo.)


[T.p.] - Advertisement - Index - [Text with illus.].

Responsibility Note

Some illustrations are signed 'TB'.


ESTC, T61242
J. Uglow, Nature's engraver: a life of Thomas Bewick (2006)
A memoir of Thomas Bewick written by himself, ed. I. Bain (rev. 1979).
S. Roscoe, Thomas Bewick: a bibliography raisonnée (1953/R1973).

Summary Note

As well as Bewick's illustrations of the quadrupeds the book contains many decorative tail-pieces by him.


A microfilm copy was published in 1986 (Woodbridge, CT: Research Publications).


The title-page carries on its verso the contemporary bookplate of 'J.Brand AM· FSA Coll Linc Oxon'. The front pastedown carries the 19th-century bookplate of R.L. Watson. The front loose endpaper is inscribed in pencil on its verso 'S.A.H. (1877)' [i.e. Solomon A. Hart, R.A. and the Academy's librarian].

Binding Note

19th-century half green morocco, green cloth-covered boards; brown morocco spine-labels lettered 'Bewick I' and 'History Of Quadrupeds', spine lettered 'R.A.' and '1790'.


Animals - Quadrupeds
Reference books - Great Britain - 18th century
Pictorial works - Wood engravings - Great Britain - 18th century


Thomas Bewick, source artist, draughtsman, wood-engraver, publisher, bookseller
Solomon Hodgson, printer, publisher, bookseller
Ralph Beilby, publisher, bookseller
George Robinson, bookseller
George Robinson, bookseller
John Robinson, bookseller
James Robinson, bookseller
Charles Dilly, bookseller
J. Brand, previous owner
R. L. Watson, previous owner