Westell, W. Percival | British Mammals

  • A charming, illustrated children's book by the prolific natural history author William Percival Westell (1874-1943).

    Westell was a self-educated naturalist who served as the curator of the Lechworth Museum for three decades and “strove to make his publications accessible to all by eschewing technical language” (Moore, “William Percival Westell”, Archives of Natural History, volume 42, issues 2). It is estimated that he sold around half a million copies of his many books, published by an astonishing 37 different publishers (Moore).

  • ...Illustrated by Doris Meyer. London: Chapman & Dodd, Ltd., [1920s].

    Quarto. Original grey cloth blocked in dark blue with illustrations of various animals. Colour frontispiece and 1 plate, illustrations throughout the text. Prize bookplate of the Aldeborough School dated 1927, bookseller’s ticket of W. E. Harrison of Ipswich. Spine tanned and rolled, cloth spotted and a little worn at the extremities, light spotting to contents and edges of text block, damage to the edges of pages 105-112 caused by an attempt to open the leaves which were accidentally left closed during production, small pieces of excess paper on the edges of pages 123 and 127. Very good condition.