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The Book of Animals

Graham, Frederica; Harrison Weir (Illustrator)

Published by Addey and Co., London, 1857
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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A decent copy of the first edition, first printing of a rare book, beautifully illustrated with twenty-four full-colored plates by the venerable Harrison Weir. This is the second book illustrated book in Weir's illustrious career. Harrison William Weir (5 May 1824 - 3 January 1906), known as "The Father of the Cat Fancy", was an English gentleman and artist. He also organised the first cat show in England, at The Crystal Palace, London, in July 1871. He and his brother, John Jenner Weir, both served as judges in the show. In 1887 Harrison Weir founded the National Cat Club and was its first President and Show Manager until his resignation in 1890. Weir was educated at Albany Academy, Camberwell, until 1837 when he became apprenticed to George Baxter, the colour-printer. Weir worked in every branch of Baxter's business, his main work being printing off the plates. From Baxter he learned to engrave and draw on wood and taught himself during his spare time to draw birds, mammals, and other subjects from nature. In 1842 Herbert Ingram founded the "Illustrated London News" and employed Weir as a draughtsman on wood and engraver from the first issue and for many years thereafter. In addition to his expanding artistic career, Weir wrote, in 1889, "Our Cats and All About Them" describing and illustrating the pedigree varieties of the time. This was the first pedigree cat book. Weir was a keen animal fancier and his illustrations of domestic cats, dogs and poultry are probably best known. He was an experienced breeder of cats, carrier pigeons, and poultry and for thirty years often acted as a judge at the principal pigeon and poultry shows. He wrote and illustrated the exhaustive book "Our Poultry and All About Them" (1903), and much earlier in 1867 illustrated William Bernhard Tegetmeier's "The Poultry Book". Now, back to the book. Text is solid, clean, and tight, although the front hinge is split. Gilt decoration and lettering to front board and spine is bright and unflaked. Short tears to the foredge of the first plate "The Stag" and longer tear to "The Hare" top edge (along with the tissue guard). All other plates are without tears and are in excellent condition. Wear to the spine ends, less so to the corners. Previous owner's name to front pastedown. Not ex-lib. Not a Book Club Edition. Photos sent upon request. Accurate Descriptions/Quality Books/Unmatched Prices. Bookseller Inventory # 5154-TS

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Title: The Book of Animals

Publisher: Addey and Co., London

Publication Date: 1857

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Harrison Weir

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: First Edition

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