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THE INSTRUCTIVE PICTURE BOOK or Progressive Lessons from the Natural History of Animals and Plants
Edinburgh, Edmonston and Douglas, 1857.. FIRST EDITION 1857, Volume I of 2, containing: "Fourfooted animals, Birds, Fishes, Reptiles, with 10 elementary plates of miscellaneous objects". Folio, 320 x 205 mm, 12½ x 8 inches, modern half tan leather over original marbled boards, gilt titled spine, original endpapers retained, title page leaf plus 16 pages of description of the plates, 30 beautiful double page hand coloured plates. The first 10 plates are of "furniture, utensils, vessels, tools, instruments, costumes &c." The next 8 plates show a mixture of reptiles, insects, fish and wild and domestic animals, the next 9 show superb illustrations of wild, exotic and domestic birds, the last 3 show snakes, fish and butterflies. A touch of rubbing to head and tail of spine, old marbled boards rubbed, inner paper hinges cracked, binding sound, endpapers browned and foxed, very little pale foxing to 2 facing plates, 50 mm (2") closed vertical tear to final plate at centrefold, not affecting image, occasional small pale mark to margins, plates clean and bright. A very good plus complete copy. Osborne I, page 216. Volume II is by Charlotte Young and covers the Vegetable World. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton]
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