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Goldsmith, Oliver [inscribed By William Bentley]
A History of the Earth and Animated Nature with Numerous Notes from the Works of the Most Distinguished British and Foreign Naturalists Volumes I and II [ Inscribed By William Bentley]
London: Blackie & Son Limited, 1866. Deluxe Reprint . Quarter Leather. Very Good/No Dust Jacket. 9 7/8" Tall. Illustrated with More Than Two Thousand Figures and Including Color Plates. Vol. I with 568 pages, uncolored frontispiece, colored title, 9 uncolored plates (of 14 listed in index, no trace of missing plates), and all 13 colored plates. Vol. II with 663 pages including directions to the binder at the rear, uncolored frontispiece, colored title, all 21 uncolored plates and all 23 colored plates. Deluxe binding of quarter red calf (spine, adjacent areas, tips), and a spine with seven bands and six compartments, elaborate gilt designs in each, etc. Two morocco spine labels on each volumje, top one dark green, bottom one black, each fine, gilt brilliant. Marbleized boards, endpapers, and edges of page block. Beautiful hand-colored plates with unusual delicacy of color detail. Bindings worn at edges, frayed at tips, rubbed at joints and top/bottom of spine, but all nicely and professionally repaired and refreshed. Vol. II is cracked at rear endpapers, and torn externally for several inches along top rear spine edge, and could benefit from further restoration. Calligraphic inscription to Lovell James Hamlin from William Bentley, dated Christmas 1868.
Bookseller: Arroyo Seco Books, Pasadena, Member IOBA [Pasadena, CA, U.S.A.]

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