Title: A History of the Earth and Animated Nature [...
Publisher: A. Fullarton & Co., London, Edinburgh & Dublin
Publication Date: 1850
Book Condition: Near Fine
9 original parts, large 8vo (261 x 178 mm). "To the Public" leaf (two pages) at the front of the first part. Uncolored engraved portrait of the author, two engraved additional titles with hand-colored vignettes, 72 hand-colored engraved plates. Original cloth-backed yellow/orange card printed covers. Some soiling to covers, heaviest to parts 1 and 9, otherwise occasional and very light; pp. 233-40 crudely opened; some small splits or a little fraying to cloth backstrips. A nice unsophisticated set, rare in the original parts. Strangely, the prospectus mentions an issue in 18 parts and another in 36, but not the present form in nine. [SOLD WITH] [A salesman’s specimen booklet, to be used to collect subscribers’ names and to advertise:] A History of the Earth and Animated Nature. Edinburgh & London: A. Fullarton & Co., [n.d. but circa 1855 or later]. Large 8vo (250 x 165mm). Uncolored engraved portrait of the author, two engraved additional titles with hand-colored vignettes, 20 hand-colored engraved plates. 5ll. (of 6) of blank subscription forms at back. Original cloth, stamped in blind and gilt; all edges gilt. Some light soiling on boards and in the margins; 1 leaf of subscription forms removed; spine chipped, surface damge to recto of FFEP. A wonderful set, rich with bright, lovely plates. Bookseller Inventory # D1705
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