Title A History of the Earth & Animated Nature. With A Supplement and Numerous Notes from the Writings of Distinguished Naturalists, British and Foreign. With numerous Engravings on Steel and on Wood, Comprising many hundreds of illustrative figures. In Six Volumes.
Publisher London, Blackie and Son, 1874 ‘Revised Edition’
Seller ID 77961
6 vols; Tall 8vo. Approx 10 x 7 inches. In pebbled light brown/orange cloth bindings, decorative black and gilt pictorial designs and lettering to covers and spines. All page edges gilt. Yellow endpapers. In very good condition. Some light fading to spines, some small marks to covers, small chips and nicks to ends of spines. Some light foxing spots and minor handling marks, plates generally very clean and bright. Crack to front hinge of vol.6 between endpapers. Some slightly loose plates (all bound nr front of bindings) Vol.3 rear hinge cracked and has a couplke of loose plates (a couple slightly rubbed along fore edge). Else clean and tight copies. ---- This work eventually appeared in the year of Goldsmith’s death, 1774. This is a landmark document of its era and belongs on the shelf on any serious naturalist or geologist, if only for the beautiful illustrations. A spectacular comprehensive account of natural history, gorgeously illustrated throughout in six parts. The mixture of science and hearsay and gossip is a heady one and gives us a lovely picture of the joy associated with the discoveries of the many naturalists over this period, although the descriptions of the peoples of the world are distinctly old fashioned. 655pp. Illustrated with 16 Coloured plates plus a coloured title vignette on decorative title page, plus 14 b&w engraved plates, plus many full page illustrations and figures. With 4pp adverts at rear of each vol.
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