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William Lewin (1747-1795)

The Birds of Great Britain and Their Eggs, Accurately Figured

London: 1789-1784, first edition

Original watercolors on vellum.

The first edition of Lewin’s Birds of Great Britain was a monumental endeavor. Comprised of 323 original paintings (271 birds, 52 eggs), all  painted by Lewin for the 60 subscribers to the edition. This work is considered among the rarest of all English bird books.