Francis Orpen Morris Collection

 

Morris had a reputation as a popular writer on natural history in general and birds in particular.   Work on A History of British Birds probably began in 1848. Publication took over seven years to complete.
Morris became an early advocate for conservation and was instrumental in founding the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
 
Various editions of A History of British Birds were published from circa 1851 to circa 1903.
All were published with the hand-colouring of the time.
A History of British Birds were published from circa 1851 to circa 1903.
All were published with the hand-colouring of the time.  This is a stunning collection for any bird enthusiast.
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