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An History of the Earth and Animated Nature
J. Nourse, in the Strand, Bookseller to His Majesty, London 1774 - London: Printed for J. Nourse, in the Strand, Bookseller to His Majesty. 1774. Complete eight (8) volume octavo set in full calf leather with five (5) raised bands on spines. Titles on spines in gilt over red and volume #s in gilt over green. Volumes include: I) An History of the Earth, Preface xv + 401 pp.; II) An History of Animals, 399 p.; III) An History of Animals, 403 p.; IV) An History of Animals, 358 p.; V) An History of Birds, 400 p.; VI) An History of Birds (continued) and The Natural History of Fishes, 406 p. (Birds to p. 149 and Fishes to p. 406); VII) Testaceous Fishes (also Frogs, Lizards & Serpents, and Insects [parts i & ii]), 368 p.; VIII) An History of Insects [Part iii], 199 pp. text + approx. 200 un-numbered pp. Index of the Various Matters Contained in this Work. Condition: label on most front pastedowns ¿Head Pottinger Best/ optimus est qui optime facit¿ (the best is he who does the best) showing an engraving of an old tree with hanging shield with King¿s head and lions paws, and raised arm with sword above shield; Head Pottinger also hand written at top of most title pages; most volumes have light tanning and foxing, Vol. IV more so, but seldom within text or figure blocks; all with cracked cover hinges but firm page bindings and even outer edges, except Vol. IV with some uneven outer edges but still firmly bound; front covers on Vols. I and III detached and partly so on Vol. II (could be repaired); cover leather still very good for all volumes; shelf wear and some chipping as expected for 240 year old books (from the time of King George III); no markings within text or on figures such that all are reasonably clear and clean. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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