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On the growth of the salmon in freshwater. With six coloured illustrations of the fish of the natural size, exhibiting its character and exact appearance at various stages during the first two years.
London John Van Voorst 1839 - First Edition. Landscape folio, [ii], 3, [1]pp., 6 hand-coloured life-size engravings of salmon on 3 plates, drawn by C. Curtis and engraved by R. Sands, and vignette engraving of a salmon skeleton to end of text. Original printed wrappers; small tear to front wrapper near spine, very light soiling, a very good copy. Fresh copy of William Yarrell's salmon study Yarrell (1784 – 1856) was a noted English zoologist and one of the original members of the Zoological Society. He took over his father's bookshop and news agent's, but spent his spare time becoming a proficient shooter, angler and collector of specimens. He joined the Royal Institution in 1817, and having published his first zoological work, On the Occurrence of some Rare British Birds, was elected a fellow of the Linnean Society of London in 1825. He is perhaps best known for the 2 volume The History of British Fishes (1836). On the Growth of the Salmon was intended to be part of that study, but delays in completing the relevant research meant it was published separately, until being included in the third edition. The Annals and Magazine of Natural History in 1840 praised research into the development of the salmon family, including that undertaken by Yarrell, as: "The immense decrease of the salmon fisheries called for investigation.the proprietors or their factors were not sufficiently conversant with their growth, migration or breedings" The salmon engravings are of a very high quality, capturing the delicate texture and colouring of the fish, and complementing the admired precision of Yarrell's scientific work. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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