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An Essay towards a Natural History of Serpents.
for the Author, 1742. FIRST EDITION, 7 engraved plates, contemporary calf, boards ruled in gilt, spine handsomely rebacked, 4to, London, for the Author, 1742. Presbyterian minister and political dissenter Owen’s compendium of 18th-century beliefs draws on classical, Biblical and mythological sources in its depiction of snakes, turtles, wasps and scorpions, as well as such mythical creatures as griffins and dragons, all of which Owen classifies under the title “serpent.” Owen also examines the physical nature of serpents, includes a section on poison and antidotes, and describes the folklore associated with such animals in all countries of the world. “Includes descriptions and anecdotes about America n snakes, birds, and insects, e.g. a two-headed snake found in Chiapas, snakes commonly eaten in America, etc [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Bruce Marshall Rare Books [Cheltenham, United Kingdom]
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