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British Fresh-Water Fishes
by Reverend William Houghton
printed by Benjamin Fawcett and published by William MacKenzie of London in 1879

Original 130-plus-year-old Wood Engravings (some hand-coloured) after illustrations by A.F. Lydon
Sheet size varies (they are trimmed from the full page of text) but approximately 7 x 5 inches (about 18 x 13 cm).
The actual image area is usually about 6 x 3.75 inches. Text on verso (does not show through to front)

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Rev. Wm Houghton
One of the most beautiful late Victorian books on British fishes. The excellent plates are by Frank Lydon who also drew the plates for Couch's work on fishes. The book treats the natural history of various species of fishes, amongst which are many salmons, that are known to occur in the rivers, lakes, and ponds of the British Isles. "The high sales figures achieved by many popular Victorian natural history books were largely proportional to the quantity and quality of the pictures in them. Victorians, too, liked pretty pictures... without A.F. Lydon's colour-printed plates, few would have been willing to discover what natural curiosities the Revd W. Houghton and his offspring encountered on their walks in the country and by the seaside " (Dance p. 206).

We also have the fish engravings from this volume, click here to see them.

Please click on thumbnail for enlarged view. Any "rainbow colouring effect" on the scan is just a result of the nature of scanning wood engravings and does not show on the actual engraving. Nor does the Darvill's digital watermark.

ON THE THAMES, NEAR ROEBUCK INN
ON THE THAMES, NEAR ROEBUCK INN
$12
ON THE THAMES, NEAR ROEBUCK INN
ON THE THAMES, NEAR ROEBUCK INN
$10
ON THE AVON, STRENSHAM REACH
ON THE AVON, STRENSHAM REACH
$12
ON THE AVON, STRENSHAM REACH
ON THE AVON, STRENSHAM REACH
$10
EASDALE, GRASMERE
EASDALE, GRASMERE
$12
EASDALE, GRASMERE
EASDALE, GRASMERE
ON THE BRATHAY
ON THE BRATHAY
$12
ON THE BRATHAY
ON THE BRATHAY
$10
BEDDGELERT, NORTH WALES
BEDDGELERT, NORTH WALES
$12
BEDDGELERT, NORTH WALES
BEDDGELERT, NORTH WALES
$10
ON THE AVON
ON THE AVON
$12
ON THE AVON
ON THE AVON
$10
ON THE THAMES
ON THE THAMES
$12
ON THE THAMES
ON THE THAMES
$10
ON THE HODDER
ON THE HODDER
$12
ON THE HODDER
ON THE HODDER
$10
ON THE LEA
ON THE LEA (A)
$12
ON THE LEA
ON THE LEA (B)
$12
PONT ABERGLASLYN, NORTH WALES
PONT ABERGLASLYN, NORTH WALES
$12
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