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SYNOPSIS METHODICA AVIUM & PICIUM; Opus Posthumum. Cum Appendice, & Iconibus.

Ray, John

Published by Gulielmi Innys, London, 1713
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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The first edition of Ray's (1627-1705) work. It was completed in 1694, but not published until his friend William Denham edited the work in 1713. John Jeffries (1745-1819) was an early American patriot, but switched his loyalty to the Crown during the Revolutionary War. While in England in 1785, he and Jean-Pierre-Francois Blanchard made the first flight across the English Channel in a hot air balloon. He is known as the first American to fly. After the war, John Jeffries returned to Boston and regained his eminence in American medicine. Keynes. JOHN RAY #105. 2 parts in 1. Each volume with a separate title page. (4),198,(20);(2),166,(12)pp. Indices. Plus (2)pp. publisher's ads. Illustrated with a copper engraved frontispiece portrait, and 4 folding copper engraved plates (2 of fish off Cornwall, and 2 of birds of India). Cont. mottled calf, nicely rebacked, burgundy morocco spine label. With the engraved armorial 18th century bookplate of Dr. John Jeffries on the front pastedown. An autograph note on a blank preliminary from Jeffries' grandson, Dr. Benjamin Joy Jeffries, dated March 16, 1869, gifts this book to the Boston Society of Natural History (which has its faint blindstamp on the main title page and the first section title. The Society's library ceased and the bulk of it wound up at the University of Southern California.) Some old soiling (from an old damp stain) towards the top of the text leaves). Bookseller Inventory # 6660

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Publisher: Gulielmi Innys, London

Publication Date: 1713

Binding: Full Calf

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: y First edition.

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