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Actinologia Britannica A History of the British - Gosse, Philip Henry FRS - 1860. 
Van Voorst, London 1860 - SIGNED BY EDMUND GOSSE TO HALF-TITLE PAGE, WITH A PRESENTATION DEDICATION TO HIS FRIEND ADAM SEDGWICK, IN MEMORY OF HIS OWN FATHER, THE AUTHOR OF THIS BOOK AND DATED AUG 23 1888. Most probably originally the author's own copy. Edmund Gosse (1849-1928) poet, author and literary critic, and also his father Philip, were well- known literary and scientific figures in Victorian and Edwardian London. Adam Sedgwick, Professor of Zoology, was the great nephew of the Adam Sedgwick (1785-1873) who was the pathfinder in the serious study of Geology. The book is in fine firmly bound condition with all colourplates and b&w. A few minor points: there is a little spot of thinning of the paper just over part of the address of the publisher on title page. A tiny split to top edge of the spine of the clean, impressed and gilded dark green cloth binding. The top page edges are age-darkened. Very small name to the top of front PDEP. There is some offset shading to half-title page and to the backs of the wonderful illustrations, and some light foxing to the page opposite the half-title page. The final page, with a list of Philip Gosse's other books, has also some very light offset shading. The text is otherwise clean and bright throughout. Great copy with very interesting provenance. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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