Stories of Birds. (Caption Title). Wood Engraver Abel Bowen.
Stories of Birds. (Caption Title)
Stories of Birds. (Caption Title)
Stories of Birds. (Caption Title)
Children's Guide to Birds, Illustrated with Wood Engravings by Abel Bowen

Stories of Birds. (Caption Title)

No Place: No Publisher, [1847?]. Item #638

12mo.  150 x 120 mm., [6 x 4 1/2 inches].   24 full-page wood engravings of birds, printed on one side of the paper only, each neatly hand colored with watercolor.  Caption title appears on the first leaf.  Publisher's brown cloth, embossed decoratative border in blind on both boards, title in gilt on upper board which reads, "Pleasing Pictures of Birds."  Early pencil ownership mark dated Feb. 1847.  Crisp, clean copy.

Only edition?  Seems to be an unrecorded children's book, without imprint information but with one plate signed A. Bowen.  Bowen was a printer and bookseller from Boston who had a career of nearly fifty years in the trade.  According to Sinclair Hamilton he produced numerous books illustrated with wood engravings, and a couple of titles on birds and natural history of children.  

The images in this book are very well rendered in relief and nicely colored.

This title does not appear in NUC or OCLC and is not recorded in any of the major institutions with significant holdings of American children's books.  See Sinclair Hamilton, Early American Book Illustrators,. pp. 78-83 and II., pp. 50-51 for a short biography and a list of some of his illustrated works. 

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Price: $400.00

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