FIFTH EDITION. 8vo. 6 x 9 inches. x + 525 pp. +  pp. publisher’s advertisements. Illustrated by wood engravings, with 225 figures of quadrupeds, title page vignette, 111 tailpiece vignettes and by one figure in text (sledge). Bound in original half calf over marbled boards; spine in compartments lined gilt, with contrasting dark green morocco title label, gilt. All edges marbled. A little wear to extremities, browning in corners of fly leaves and some scattered foxing, including preliminaries; otherwise a very good copy. Neat contemporary annotations on p.248. Small modern ex libris label at foot of front pastedown.
A survey of the mammals of the world, starting with domestic livestock, and then blending familiar animals with some of the exotic creatures discovered more recently. The Addenda illustrates the latest finds from New South Wales, ‘The Wombach’ and ‘An amphibious animal,’ (not yet named, but the platypus). This title, first published in 1790, proved very popular for its combination of Bewick’s vigorous woodcuts with the descriptive text; and for its mixture of the well known (it being particularly thorough on British domestic livestock) with the stranger mammals of the southern continents. (Tattersfield, TB 1.5.)
Author BEWICK, THOMAS, illustrated by.
Publisher Printed by Edward Walker, for T. Bewick and S. Hodgson: sold by them, and all booksellers.
Condition A very good copy