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British Fresh-water Fishes. Illustrated with a coloured figure of each species drawn from nature by A. F. Lydon, and numerous engravings.

HOUGHTON, William.

Published by William Mackenzie, (1879)., London:, 1879
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Large 4to. (374 x 275 mm) xxvi, 204 pp. 41 colored full-page chromolithographs (including frontispiece), 64 engraved vignettes, red and black title-page, top edge gilt. Modern dark brown quarter morocco over original cloth boards, raised bands, gilt-stamped spine title. Bookplate of James Jones. RARE. Fine. MAGNIFICENT CHROMOLITHOGRAPHS OF BRITISH FISH: FIRST EDITION, with all plates present and in fine condition. Sometimes bound as two volumes, but this copy is bound as one, and it is complete. This Victorian book is a gentleman's encyclopedia of the fresh water fish native to Britain. In addition to 41 stunning color full-page plates of each fish described, the book also has a steelcut vignette at the beginning of each description, as well as numerous diagrams and drawings. Reverend William Houghton, a Shropshire clergyman, produced this work with the angler in mind - opposed to the naturalist. Many of the fish are portrayed as game-landed freshwater fish set on the pastoral riverbanks and shorelines of the British Isles. The writing, which accompanies each plate, offers detailed information on the habitat, breeding and capture of the fish. The text page includes a lovely steel-engraved vignette of the natural habitat of the fish, an elegant scene of the river from which the fish was caught. BM Readex Vol. 12, p. 710; Buchanan, Nature into Art, p. 168; Nissen ZBI 2009. Bookseller Inventory # LV1786

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Title: British Fresh-water Fishes. Illustrated with...

Publisher: William Mackenzie, (1879)., London:

Publication Date: 1879

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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