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Bewick, Thomas, 1753-1828
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Thomas Bewick Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1


Consists of several letters and woodcuts of 19th-century English engraver Thomas Bewick.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a small amount of Bewick's correspondence with E. Walmsley, Thomas Ransom, and Jonathan Couch about his work, and four of Bewick's small wood engravings taken from publications.


The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Collection Creator Biography:

Bewick, Thomas, 1753-1828

Thomas Bewick (1753-1828), a British wood engraver, lived in London and Newcastle upon Tyne. He engraved wood blocks for General History of Quadrupeds (1790), History of British Birds (1797 and 1804), and many other books and publications, and left unfinished illustrations for History of British Fishes.

Collection History


Gift of Elmer Adler. 3 Letters to Mr. Couch purchased from James E. Drake. AM14895, 19325.

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Finding aid written by James Flannery in January 2006. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Thomas Bewick Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1