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BOWDICH, Sarah (1791-1865). The Fresh-water Fishes of Great Britain. London: J.Moyes for the authoress and R.Ackermann, 1828[-1836].

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BOWDICH, Sarah (1791-1865). The Fresh-water Fishes of Great Britain. London: J.Moyes for the authoress and R.Ackermann, 1828[-1836].

11 parts in one volume, 4° (text: 355 x 292 mm.; plates: 387 x 292 mm.). Letterpress title, 2pp preface, 2pp of explanatory text for each of the 44 ORIGINAL WATERCOLOURS, over a pencil base, each with manuscript caption and signature of Bowdich, MANY HEIGHTENED WITH GOLD AND SILVER, 3 small outline pencil sketches, each mounted to size and with a brief letterpress description (also mounted to size), with a loosely INSERTED DUPLICATE ORIGINAL WATERCOLOUR of the Pike (222 x 377mm., titled and signed), with tissue guards and blank leaves (some watermarked J.Whatman 1838) between each watercolour and its description. Contemporary maroon hardgrain morocco gilt, uncut. Provenance: John George Perry (armorial bookplate); Hodgson's 21 Nov. 1946 lot 242 sold (86 to Heywood Hill).

FIRST EDITION. LIMITED TO FIFTY COPIES. THE RAREST BOOK ON FISHES. Mrs. Bowdich, wife and travelling companion of the African explorer Thomas Edward Bowdich, notes in her preface that in the interest of verisimilitude she has drawn only from life, noting the colours of the fish as soon as possible after their removal from the water. In the case of the Trout the rapid fading of its rainbow colours evidently necessitated the services of an expert angler to secure a constant supply of fish, whilst Mrs.Bowdich worked feverishly on the bank. Nissen 157; Westwood & Satchell 39.
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