Bird Nest & Eggs Prints by F.O. Morris

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Title Page
MNE1 $
25
Marsh Harrier
MNE2 $39
Title Page
MNE3 $
25
Willow Warbler
MNE4 $
55
Chiff Chaff
MNE5
SOLD
Wood Warbler
MNE6 $
55
Nightingale
MNE7 $49
Hawfinch
MNE8 $39
Greenfinch
MNE9 $
45
Whitethroat
MNE10 $
45
Blackbird
MNE11 $49
Melodious Willer Warbler
MNE12 $45
Blackcap
MNE13 $
45
Linnet
MNE14 $3
5
Garden Warbler
MNE15 $
45
Chaffinch
MNE16 $
25
Wren
MNE17 $
45
Goldcrest
MNE18 $
45
Missel Thrush
MNE19 $
45
Dunnock
MNE20 $
29
Thrush
MNE21 $
45
Stonechat
MNE22 $35
Redbreast
MNE23 $
45
Sedge Warbler
RMNE24 $35
Lesser Whitehroat
MNE25
SOLD
Whinchat
MNE26 $
45
Dartford Warbler
MNE27 $
45
Bullfinch
MNE28 $
29
Redpole
MNE29 $35
Red Back Shrike
MNE30 $35
Reed Warbler
MNE31 $45
Magpie
MNE32
SOLD
Grat Sedge Warbler
MNE33
SOLD
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Bird Nest & Eggs Prints by F.O. Morris

The popularity of these endearing prints has made them increasingly scarce, so we are delighted to have prints from the second edition published 1875 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 good 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 a few marginal fox marks 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.


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