The Resource The natural history of British birds, or, A selection of the most rare, beautiful and interesting birds which inhabit this country : the descriptions from the Systema naturae of Linnaeus : with general observations, either original or collected from the latest and most esteemed English ornithologists : and embellished with figures, drawn, engraved, and coloured from the original specimens, by E. Donovan

The natural history of British birds, or, A selection of the most rare, beautiful and interesting birds which inhabit this country : the descriptions from the Systema naturae of Linnaeus : with general observations, either original or collected from the latest and most esteemed English ornithologists : and embellished with figures, drawn, engraved, and coloured from the original specimens, by E. Donovan

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The natural history of British birds, or, A selection of the most rare, beautiful and interesting birds which inhabit this country : the descriptions from the Systema naturae of Linnaeus : with general observations, either original or collected from the latest and most esteemed English ornithologists : and embellished with figures, drawn, engraved, and coloured from the original specimens
Title
The natural history of British birds, or, A selection of the most rare, beautiful and interesting birds which inhabit this country
Title remainder
the descriptions from the Systema naturae of Linnaeus : with general observations, either original or collected from the latest and most esteemed English ornithologists : and embellished with figures, drawn, engraved, and coloured from the original specimens
Statement of responsibility
by E. Donovan
Title variation
  • Natural history of British birds
  • British birds
  • Selection of the most rare, beautiful and interesting birds which inhabit this country
  • Donovan's British birds
Creator
Contributor
Printer
Publisher
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Cataloging source
DLC
Citation location within source
  • T200796
  • 131
Citation source
  • ESTC (online)
  • Soulsby, B.H. Linnaeus (2nd ed.)
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1768-1837
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Donovan, E.
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
QL674
LC item number
.D68
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1740-1837
  • 1726-1798
  • 1794-1852
  • 1768-1837
  • 1707-1778
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  • Latham, John
  • Pennant, Thomas
  • Gilbert, Richard
  • Donovan, E.
  • Linné, Carl von
  • F. and C. Rivington (Firm)
  • F., C. and J. Rivington (Firm)
  • Law and Gilbert
  • R. & R. Gilbert (Firm)
  • Leverian Museum (London, England)
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Birds
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The natural history of British birds, or, A selection of the most rare, beautiful and interesting birds which inhabit this country : the descriptions from the Systema naturae of Linnaeus : with general observations, either original or collected from the latest and most esteemed English ornithologists : and embellished with figures, drawn, engraved, and coloured from the original specimens, by E. Donovan
Link
https://archive.org/details/naturalhistoryo101819dono
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • The first 5 volumes were issued in monthly parts, each consisting of 2 plates and accompanying text
  • A volume came out each year between 1794 and 1798; the fifth volume stated: "This work being now completed." However, five additional volumes, numbered 6-10, were published between 1816 and 1819
  • "[W]e have also placed an index, in the manner of Pennant and Latham, at the conclusion of each volume"--v. 1, p. [7] (1st group)
  • Each plate accompanied by 1-6 pages of descriptive letterpress
  • Vol. I. 1794; plates 1-24. v. 2. 1795; plates 25-48. v. 3. 1796; plates 49-72. v. 4. 1797; plates 73-100. v. 5. 1798, plates 101-124. v. 6. 1809; plates 125-148. v. 7. 1816; plates 149-172. v. 8. 1817; plates 173-196. v. 9. 1818; plates 197-220. v. 10. 1819, plates 221-244
  • Publisher varies. Volume 6 and the remaining volumes have "Printed for the author, and for F.C. and J. Rivington ...."
  • Printers include: Law and Gilbert (v. 6); R. & R. Gilbert (v. 7); and R. Gilbert (v. 10)
  • Donovan based some of his descriptions and illustrations on the bird specimens he acquired from the Leverian Museum
  • A companion volume by Donovan, The natural history of the nest and eggs of British birds, was issued begining in 1826, but remained unfinished with just 5 parts (of an anticipated 24 parts) completed
  • Erratum on the final p. of v. 9
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Extent
1 online resource (10 v. in 5, 244 leaves of plates
Form of item
online
Immediate source of acquisition
Gibb's Bookshop Ltd.;
Note
  • Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum library (CHMRB) has a partial copy; the Cullman Library (SCNHRB) has a complete copy.
  • CHMRB copy has v. 1-4 bound together in 1 v. (39088006016927), only.
  • SCNHRB copy is complete, and bound in 10 v.
  • SCNHRB copy has bookplate: Smithsonian Institution Libraries. Purchased with a gift from Dr. Storrs L. Olson and the Cullman Endowment.
  • SCNHRB copy has later blind- and gilt-tooled brown half-morocco leather bindings with brown paper boards, raised bands, brown endpapers, and red sprinkled edges.
Other physical details
color illustrations)
Specific material designation
remote
Label
The natural history of British birds, or, A selection of the most rare, beautiful and interesting birds which inhabit this country : the descriptions from the Systema naturae of Linnaeus : with general observations, either original or collected from the latest and most esteemed English ornithologists : and embellished with figures, drawn, engraved, and coloured from the original specimens, by E. Donovan
Link
https://archive.org/details/naturalhistoryo101819dono
Publication
Note
  • The first 5 volumes were issued in monthly parts, each consisting of 2 plates and accompanying text
  • A volume came out each year between 1794 and 1798; the fifth volume stated: "This work being now completed." However, five additional volumes, numbered 6-10, were published between 1816 and 1819
  • "[W]e have also placed an index, in the manner of Pennant and Latham, at the conclusion of each volume"--v. 1, p. [7] (1st group)
  • Each plate accompanied by 1-6 pages of descriptive letterpress
  • Vol. I. 1794; plates 1-24. v. 2. 1795; plates 25-48. v. 3. 1796; plates 49-72. v. 4. 1797; plates 73-100. v. 5. 1798, plates 101-124. v. 6. 1809; plates 125-148. v. 7. 1816; plates 149-172. v. 8. 1817; plates 173-196. v. 9. 1818; plates 197-220. v. 10. 1819, plates 221-244
  • Publisher varies. Volume 6 and the remaining volumes have "Printed for the author, and for F.C. and J. Rivington ...."
  • Printers include: Law and Gilbert (v. 6); R. & R. Gilbert (v. 7); and R. Gilbert (v. 10)
  • Donovan based some of his descriptions and illustrations on the bird specimens he acquired from the Leverian Museum
  • A companion volume by Donovan, The natural history of the nest and eggs of British birds, was issued begining in 1826, but remained unfinished with just 5 parts (of an anticipated 24 parts) completed
  • Erratum on the final p. of v. 9
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Extent
1 online resource (10 v. in 5, 244 leaves of plates
Form of item
online
Immediate source of acquisition
Gibb's Bookshop Ltd.;
Note
  • Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum library (CHMRB) has a partial copy; the Cullman Library (SCNHRB) has a complete copy.
  • CHMRB copy has v. 1-4 bound together in 1 v. (39088006016927), only.
  • SCNHRB copy is complete, and bound in 10 v.
  • SCNHRB copy has bookplate: Smithsonian Institution Libraries. Purchased with a gift from Dr. Storrs L. Olson and the Cullman Endowment.
  • SCNHRB copy has later blind- and gilt-tooled brown half-morocco leather bindings with brown paper boards, raised bands, brown endpapers, and red sprinkled edges.
Other physical details
color illustrations)
Specific material designation
remote

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