F.O. Morris Bird Egg Prints 1892

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Great Black-Backed Gull, Glaucous Gull
MNE168 $15
Ivory Gull, Iceland Gull
MNE169 $15
Lesser Black-Backed Gull, Herring Gull
MNE170 $15
Mediterranean Black-Headed Gull,
Great Black-Headed Gull
MNE171 $15
Golden Plover
MNE172 $15
Brunnich's Guillemot, Ringed Guillemot
MNE173 $15
Little Bustard, Macqueen's Bustard
MNE174 $15
Laughing Gull, Kittiwake
MNE175 $15
Pomerine Skua, Skua
MNE176 $15
Great Crested Grebe, Red-Necked Grebe
MNE177 $15
Hooded Merganser, Red-Breasted Merganser, Goosander
MNE178 $15
Smew, Golden-Eye
MNE179 $15
Tufted Duck, Scaup
MNE180 $15
Long-Tailed Duck, Harlequin Duck
MNE181 $15
Scoter, Velvet Scoter
MNE182 $15
Shieldrake, Ruddy Shieldrake
MNE183 $15
Blue-Winged Teal
MNE184 $15
Teal, Wigeon
MNE185 $15
Black-Tailed Godwit, Bar-Tailed Godwit
MNE186 $15
Woodcock, Great Snipe
MNE187 $15
Common Gull
MNE188 $15
Grey Plover
MNE189 $15
Turnstone, Peewit
MNE190 $15
MNE191 $15
Buffon's Skua, Richardson's Skua
MNE192 $15
Bartram's Sandpiper, Yellow-Shanks, Ruff-Breasted Sandpiper
MNE193 $15
Common Tern
MNE194 $15
Partridge, Red-Legged Partridge
MNE195 $15
Moor-Hen, Coot
MNE196 $15
Virginian Partridge, Barbary Partridge
MNE197 $15
Whisked Tern, Gull-Billed Tern
MNE198 $15
Great Plover
MNE199 $15
Oyster Catcher
MNE200 $15
Red Grouse
MNE201 $15
Pratincole, Courser
MNE202 $15
MNE203 $15
Curlew Sandpiper, Knot
MNE204 $15
Arctic Tern, Sooty Tern
MNE205 $15
Lesser Tern, Black Tern
MNE206 $15
MNE207 $15
Snipe, Jack Snipe
MNE209 $15
Grey Phalarope, Red-Necked Phalarope
MNE210 $15
Killdeer Plover, Sociable Plover, Sanderling
MNE211 $15
MNE212 $15
Roseate Tern
MNE213 $15
Brown Snipe
MNE214 $15
Sand Grouse
MNE215 $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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