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Antique Book-NATURAL HISTORY-ANIMAL DICTIONARY-HANDCOLOURED-Martyn-1785
- Author: Martyn, William Frederic (1758-1837) Title: A new Dictionary of Natural History; or, compleat universal display of animated nature.London: Harrison & Co., 1785.Unpaginated. Folio. 2 vols. bound as one. Illustrated with 98 (of 100) handcoloured engraved plates (each plate with 5-10 illustrations of animals).Condition: In full leather (see condition description for details), with marbled endpapers.Condition: Very good, given age. 2 volumes in one. Rebacked with modern leather spine and corners, and the original leather boards. A sound copy in partially modern (but tight and strong) binding. Edges of the board worn. Inside condition: some scattered stains and foxing, but generally a clean and nice copy. Remains of a ticket pasted to the title page, owner's inscription in ink to the title page. Some pages with minor repairs. Lacks plate 6 & 7.The first edition of this rare work based on the collections in the Leverian Museum. It is essentially an illustrated A to Z of animals. William Fordyce Mavor pseud. William Frederic Martyn (1758 - 1837) was a Scottish teacher, priest and compiler of educational books, many of which passed through numerous editions. He also invented a system of shorthand, which he explained in a treatise entitled 'Universal Stenography', first published in 1779. Ref: Nissen ZBI 2729; Freeman 2510; Wood 453.Besides this complete book, we also carry a number of prints from it. Please search for Martyn in our store. Storage location: Plank 2 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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