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A Dictionary of Natural History;

  • First edition of this charming dictionary of natural history which describes "all the animated beings in nature... and also the fabulous animals of antiquity", and is illustrated with forty-eight hand-coloured engravings. The text begins with an introduction to natural history terminology and then describes the physical appearance, behavior, and habitat of thousands of of animals and insects. Among them is the Dodo, described as "A large, unwieldy bird, found in the Isle of France, of an awkward, clumsy, form inelegant in its figure, and inactive in all its motions; appearing among birds, what the sloth does among quadrupeds, an helpless unresisting creature, incapable of either defence or flight..." This copy is bound in an attractive contemporary binding with gilt stags on the spine. Uncommon complete.
  • or, Complete Summary of Zoology. Containing a Full and Succinct Description of all the Animated Beings in Nature... as also all the Fabulous Animals of Antiquity... Illustrated with Accurate Engravings of the Most Important and Interesting Animals. London: by C. Whittingham for J. Scatcherd; W, Peacock; Vernor and Hood; and J. Harris, 1802. Octavo (125 x 85 mm). Contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments with stag tools, green morocco label, floral roll to boards gilt, red speckled edges. Frontispiece and 47 hand-coloured plates. Binder's instructions & errata leaf with publisher's ad on the verso. Ownership inscription to front free endpaper, ownership inscription to title crossed out. Joints cracked, some wear at the extremities and abrasions to the boards, a little offsetting to the title, tape repair to G5, gathering F misbound. A very good, unsophisticated copy.

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