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Manuscript in neat handwriting] Invertebrata - [Mollusca] - 1834. 
Unpublished, no date but ca. 1834. Square 4to (19.5 x 16.2 cm). [xvi], 88 pp., with handwritten text. Mid 19th century half calf over embossed linen boards. Spine with gilt lines; boards with an elaborate pattern of flowers and a peacock. Marbled edges.l A peculiar manuscript, amassing the various descriptions of the Mollusca, in an altered, condensed form, from Griffith and Pidgeon's translated edition of Cuvier's 'The animal kingdom, arranged according to its organization' (1834). Partly it agrees, verbatim, with another Cuvier translation, 'The book of nature: embracing a condensed survey of the animal kingdom', a work published anonymously in Philadelphia (also in 1834), and with H. McMutrie's 'abridged version, for the use of students' of Cuvier's influential work (also 1834). Some parts, may have been arranged after other works. 1834 seems to be a breakthrough year for Cuvier's (and Lamarck's) system of genera in Great Britain, the last stronghold of the overly simple Linnaean system. A very neatly written and easily readable text in an unusually nice binding. Nissen ZBI, 1015 (Griffith & Pigeon).
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