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Published by Sporting Magazine, or Monthly Calendar of the Transactions of The Turf, The Chase, and Every other Diversion Interesting to the Man of Pleasure, Enterprise & Spirit. Vol. 44. 1814. (1814)

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About this Item: Sporting Magazine, or Monthly Calendar of the Transactions of The Turf, The Chase, and Every other Diversion Interesting to the Man of Pleasure, Enterprise & Spirit. Vol. 44. 1814., 1814. Disbound. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Octavo. 2 pages, some spotting. Note; this is an original article separated from the volume, not a reprint or copy. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Sporting Magazine; Inventory No: 160407. 21 years of serving customers on ABE. A seller you can rely on. Seller Inventory # 160407

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Houghton, William

Published by Quarterly Review, John Murray, London (1865)

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About this Item: Quarterly Review, John Murray, London, 1865. Disbound. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 27 pages. Note; this is an original article separated from the volume, not a reprint or copy. Size: Octavo. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Quarterly Review; Inventory No: 129348. 21 years of serving customers on ABE. A seller you can rely on. Seller Inventory # 129348

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Watkins, M.G.

Published by Elliot Stock, London, 1896, (1896)

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About this Item: Elliot Stock, London, 1896, 1896. 1st edition, hardback, 8vo, xvi,258pp, owner's name and bookplate on endpapers, edges browned, text clean and tight, blindstamped brown cloth, gilt titles, Very Good condition. Seller Inventory # 213131

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Published by Monthly Review, London (1760)

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About this Item: Monthly Review, London, 1760. Disbound. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 4 pages. This is an essay from The Monthly Review, regarding this published work. Note; this is an original article separated from the volume, not a reprint or copy. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 4 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Monthly Review; Printed before 1800; Printed before 1800; Inventory No: 271313. 21 years of serving customers on ABE. A seller you can rely on.Ê. Seller Inventory # 271313

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Published by Monthly Review, London (1758)

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About this Item: Monthly Review, London, 1758. Disbound. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 5 pages. This is an essay from The Monthly Review, regarding this published work. Note; this is an original article separated from the volume, not a reprint or copy. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 5 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Monthly Review; Printed before 1800; Printed before 1800; Inventory No: 271549. 21 years of serving customers on ABE. A seller you can rely on.Ê. Seller Inventory # 271549

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Published by Monthly Review, London (1763)

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About this Item: Monthly Review, London, 1763. Disbound. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 2 pages. This is an essay from The Monthly Review, regarding this published work. Note; this is an original article separated from the volume, not a reprint or copy. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 2 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Monthly Review; Printed before 1800; Printed before 1800; Inventory No: 271648. 21 years of serving customers on ABE. A seller you can rely on.Ê. Seller Inventory # 271648

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Jesse, Edward

Published by John Murray, London (1834)

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About this Item: John Murray, London, 1834. Quarter Leather. First Edition. 321pp. Minor foxing/discolouration otherwise interior in nice clean condition. Gilt titling to spine. Repair to spine & top inch missing (see pic) Owners' name inside. Marbled edges. See my other listings for Jesse's other 2 volumes in matching bindings. Picture of this book available. Seller Inventory # 003063

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Jesse Edward

Published by John Murray (1838)

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About this Item: John Murray, 1838. hardcover. 1838 First Edition. 353pp + 382pp, a.e.g black binding with gold, very lightly rubbed, VG+ . Glacier Books are experienced and professional booksellers. We take pride in offering carefully described books and excellent customer service. Seller Inventory # bm42707

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HOUGHTON, Reverend W.

Published by London, etc.: Cassell, Petter, Galpin, 1879. (1879)

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About this Item: London, etc.: Cassell, Petter, Galpin, 1879., 1879. 2 leaves, 252 pp; many illus.; ads. Original cloth. Small tears at top & bottom of spine. Xlib: Label on spine, ink stamp on verso of title page. First Edition. Seller Inventory # 8729

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WATKINS, Rev M.G.

Published by Elliot Stock, London (1896)

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About this Item: Elliot Stock, London, 1896. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. First Edition. With 258pp - a valuable study of classical natural history in roman and Greek Times - sections on dogs, cats, pygmies, elephants, horses, gardens, hunting, Virgil as an Ornithologist, roses, wolves, fish lore, mythical animals etc Size: 8 x 6 Inches. Hardcover. Seller Inventory # BK/7968

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Jesse, Edward

Published by John Murray, London (1835)

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About this Item: John Murray, London, 1835. Board. Printed pages: 310. Condition: Good Plus. 1st Edition. 3rd series. Overall condition is Good Plus. International postage will be less than the stated rate. Actual costs are Europe £11.60; Oceania £15.80; Rest of World £15.15. A postage refund will be made after the order has been placed. Size: . Seller Inventory # 1086E664

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Jesse, Edward:

Published by London: John Murray, 1838 (1838)

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About this Item: London: John Murray, 1838, 1838. Sm. 8vo Cloth 1st Edn. 2 Vols. Vignette title pages; xi, 352; v,383 [1]; pp. Library label verso f. covers; stamp prelims and later; ink no's on title page; shelf no. on spine; browning.but generally clean, firm set. Seller Inventory # 39113

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Jesse, Edward

Published by John Murray, London (1835)

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About this Item: John Murray, London, 1835. Quarter Leather. First Edition. 315pp. Minor foxing/discolouration otherwise interior in nice clean condition. Gilt titling to spine. Repair to internal front hinge. Owners' name inside. Marbled edges. See my other listings for Jesse's other 2 volumes in matching bindings. Picture of this book available. Seller Inventory # 003065

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Watkins, Rev. M. G.

Published by Elliot Stock, London (1885)

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About this Item: Elliot Stock, London, 1885. Quarter Morocco Leather. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Original quarter brown morocco with blue cloth boards. The spine leather is a bid rubbed else very good. Top edge gilt other edges deckled. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hardcover. Seller Inventory # 013314

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Watkins, M. G.

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About this Item: Elliot Stock, London, 1885. Hard Cover. Condition: Good. First Edition. Collection of esays on various aspects of natural history, including dogs, cats, horses, owls, pygmies, elephants, horses, gardens, romans, roses, wolves, pearls, etcetera. Hardcover, quarter brown textured leather over grey-green pebbled boards, gilt titling. Shows some wear, spine edges rubbed, corners bumped, spine scuffed. Text clean; xiii, blank, 258 pages; printed in an old-fashioned style on fine paper. Size: 6¼" by 9¼". Seller Inventory # n0882

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Jesse,Edward

Published by John Murray, London (1838)

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About this Item: John Murray, London, 1838. Pub.'s Blindstamped Cloth. Condition: G/VG. Dust Jacket Condition: No Jackets. 1st Thus. The cloth is marked by a light,pale spillage;the spines are faded;head & foot of each spine slightly crumpled & split;all edges to each volume browned or dust-stained;some browning & spotting to margins throughout.The frontispiece & engraved title are present in volume one,along with the letterpress title.Volume two has engraved & letterpress titles. Seller Inventory # 21499

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Gleanings in Natural History Second Series: Edward Jesse

Edward Jesse

Published by London: John Murray (1834)

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About this Item: London: John Murray, 1834. Hardcover. Condition: Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. London: John Murray, 1834. Second Series First Edition. Original paper covered boards with paper label to the spine. Binding is shaken and worn, spine has split, joints also have split and all is being kept together by the chords/strings. Some gatherings (groups of pages) are coming away from the main text block. Sold as seen. Pagination – xi, 321pp. Pages clean and tight including a fold out journal of Rev. Gilbert White of Selborne all hand written and intact. Approximately 8 inches tall. Condition Report Externally Spine – poor condition – paper label with title, a number of cracks the full length of the spine, at the bottom of the spine the pages are exposed. Joints – poor condition – cracked the whole length. Corners – poor condition – bumped. Boards – fair condition – signs of wear. Page edges – good condition – top edge darkened, untrimmed. See above and photos. Internally Hinges – poor condition – front hinge hanging on by a thread, rear hinge sound. Paste downs – poor condition – tanned with some foxing, inscribed. End papers – good condition – tanned with some foxing. Title – fair condition – tanned. · Pages – good condition – effectively disbound, pages 1-26, 19-30, 227-238 hanging on by a thread, page 289 turned over at the top corner. · Binding – good condition. · See photos Publisher: see above Publication Date: 1834 Binding: Hardback. Seller Inventory # ABE-1533664944717

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Watkins, M.g.

Published by Elliot Stock (1885)

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About this Item: Elliot Stock, 1885. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Head and heel of leather spine rubbed else vg. Endpapers darkened. Seller Inventory # 078958

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Science Gleanings in Many Fields. Studies in: Gibson, John

Gibson, John

Published by Published by T. Nelson and Sons, London (1884)

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About this Item: Published by T. Nelson and Sons, London, 1884. , vi, 377 pages, illustrated with 18 black & white plates, bound by the Relfe Brothers First Edition , a little spotting to front cover but binding generally clean and bright, owner's gift inscription at front blank, internally clean, book in very good condition , full tan leather with gilt school crest to front cover, five raised bands to psine, gilt decorative spine, gilt titles, marbled edges and endpapers , 18.5 cm by 13 cm Hardback ISBN: Seller Inventory # 63837

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Jesse, Edward

Published by Carey, Lea and Blanchard, Philaelphia (1833)

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About this Item: Carey, Lea and Blanchard, Philaelphia, 1833. Hardcover. Condition: Fair. 1st Edition. Presumed first or early American edition, 8vo, vii + 339. Original brown linen covers attached but cloth over spine with publisher's paper label detached. Internals lightly foxed. Merits rebacking with original spine. Seller Inventory # 010786

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Jesse, Edward

Published by John Murray, London (1835)

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About this Item: John Murray, London, 1835. First edition. First edition. Frontispiece. xi, 310 pp., plus 16 pp. publishers catalogue, dated August 1835. 1 vols. 8vo. Original gray boards, paper spine label. Spine chipped, internally Fine, unopened. Bookplates Frontispiece. xi, 310 pp., plus 16 pp. publishers catalogue, dated August 1835. 1 vols. 8vo. Seller Inventory # 213256

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Edwards, George

Published by Printed for the Author By The Royal College of Physicians, London (1758)

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About this Item: Printed for the Author By The Royal College of Physicians, London, 1758. First Edition. English & French separate Title Pages. Dedicated to The Trustees of the British Museum. "En Traduit de L'Anglois par J. Du Plessis, Ministre du S. E.". Two parts bound in one, Parallel English and French texts throughout. 108 pp + 2 pp ads + xxxv pp. Then pp 109 to 220 including Index. Lacks all plates. Original wooden boards 20 x 30 cms. This copy from the library of The Earl of Aylesford, Packington. Warwicks, with two booklates, one small with name only, the second decorated with image of his library. Spine showing five raised band but reinforced at some later date with black cloth laid on. Jpg images with pleasure. Seller Inventory # 004451

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Gleanings from the Natural History of the: Watkins M.G.

Watkins M.G.

Published by Elliott Stock, London (1885)

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About this Item: Elliott Stock, London, 1885. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Recently professionally rebound in half-leather with marbled paper to boards. Raised ribs to spine, gilt lines to ribs. Original gilt title label laid back on. pp xiii,258. Top edge gilt. Other edges untrimmed. Silk page-marker. Contents very clean. A very good collector's copy « Show less. Seller Inventory # 005624

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A Natural History of Uncommon Birds, and: EDWARDS, George.

EDWARDS, George.

Published by London Printed for the Author at the Royal College of Physicians ; 1747; 1750; 1751; 1758; 1760; 1764 (1743)

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About this Item: London Printed for the Author at the Royal College of Physicians ; 1747; 1750; 1751; 1758; 1760; 1764, 1743. First edition. Seven volumes, 4to., (12 x 9 3/4 x 3 inches), 362 hand-coloured engravings, sequentially numbered across both works, each engraving with facing letterpress description, text in English and French; occasional light offsetting of plates to text, plates generally quite clean, some scattered light foxing to text. Full late 18th-century blue crushed morocco gilt. A fine set in dark blue morocco of "one of the most important of all bird books, both as a fine bird book and a work of ornithology" (Fine Bird Books). "Though issued separately, they [Natural History and Gleanings] are considered as one and either must rank as imperfect without the other At its date of issue the Natural History and Gleanings was one of the most important of all bird Books, both as a Fine Bird Book and a work of Ornithology. It is still high on each list " (Sitwell). George Edwards (1694-1773), a talented natural history artist, became librarian at the College of Physicians through the good offices of Sir Hans Sloane, who also employed him to draw the curiosities in his private museum. This provided him with both a steady income and plenty of time (his tasks not being very onerous), to pursue his own interests whilst surrounded by volumes on natural history. Edwards had a large circle of friends with an interest in science and he drew and painted the natural history objects owned by them. He kept copies of these drawings, and it was as a result of his wishing to see these drawings preserved in some way that he resolved to publish A Natural History of Uncommon Birds. This proved a success, and thus encouraged, Edwards brought out the Gleanings, although this took many years to complete. Amongst the species described, many are from India and North America. The Indian specimens were largely based on the watercolours made by Pieter Cornelis de Bevere, a member of the household of Governor Gideon Loten, a Dutchman who settled in England for a while, where his collection was studied by Edwards. The North American birds came from two main areas, Hudson Bay territory and Pennsylvania. In addition there were a few birds from Carolina provided by Catesby. Nissen 286-88; Wood, page 329; Sitwell, page 93. Seller Inventory # 91233

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EDWARDS, George (1694-1773).

Published by Printed for the author, at the College of Physicians, 1743-1764, London (1743)

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About this Item: Printed for the author, at the College of Physicians, 1743-1764, London, 1743. Full Leather. Condition: Fine. First. Seven volumes in four (Two works). 4to (9 1/4 x 11 3/4 "). Four thick volumes in attractive full calf binding with raised bands and gilt lettering and embellishment on spine. Marbled endpapers and textblock. Hand-colored etched frontispiece and 362 beautiful and vibrant hand-colored etched plates. Covers lightly scuffed. Provenance: Modern bookplate of William Charles Smith on inside front cover of each volume. One of the most important of all eighteenth-century natural history works, "at its date of issue, the "Natural History" and "Gleanings" was one of the most important of all bird books, both as a fine bird book and as a work of ornithology. It is still high on each list" (Fine Bird Books). As a young man Edwards soon found himself in the company of the most influential natural historians, collectors and artists of the 18th-century. Among Edwards' first patrons was Sir Hans Sloane, he was taught to etch by the celebrated Mark Catesby (in 1754 he would publish the second edition of Catesby's "Natural History."), he worked with the Bartrams of Philadelphia and Linnaeus in Sweden. The first volume of "A Natural History of Uncommon Birds" was published to great acclaim in 1743, and gained him nomination for fellowship of the Royal Society although he withdrew his candidacy. Second and third volumes followed in 1747 and 1750 which won him the coveted Copley medal of the Royal Society. The last volume appeared in 1751 at which time he stated that age and infirmity precluded further work. However in 1758 he published the first volume of his "Gleanings of Natural History", the second in 1760, after which he sold his entire portfolio to the Marquess of Bute, ".resigned as bedell to the College of Physicians, and retired to a house in Plaistow. From there he still visited the college and the Royal Society and, stimulated by his drawings of South American birds captured from the French by Earl Ferrers, published a last volume of "Gleanings." in 1764. Bibliographically Edwards' "a Natural History." is complicated. A large number of possible variants exist, but what is certain is that it was hugely successful and went through a number of transformations whilst under Edwards' control, including the issuing of a French edition of the text. Shortly after he retired in 1769 he sold "to Mr. James Robson, Bookseller all remaining copies of my "Natural History" coloured under my immediate inspection, together with all my copper-plates, letter-press, and every article in my possession relative to it. and that my labours may be handed down to posterity with integrity, truth and exactness, I have delivered into his hands a complete set of plates, highly coloured by myself, as a standard to those Artists who may be employed in colouring them for the future" (George Edwards, declaration quoted in Robson's Some Memoirs. of George Edwards, dated May 1st, 1769). Robson continued to issue sets, again with various changes, and a final edition appeared in 1802-1806, published by W. Gardiner and Messrs. Robinson. Nissen IVB 286, 288; Fine Bird Books, p.73; Anker 124, 126; Lisney, p.128. Cataloged by Anna Chapman, M.S., M.L.S. Please contact her with any questions about this book or if you'd like to come by and visit the gallery. Book inventory #72arc01 Size: 11 ¾" x 9 ¼". Book. Seller Inventory # 72arc01

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EDWARDS, George (1694-1773).

Published by London: Printed for the author, at the College of Physicians, in Warwick-Lane, [1743-1751 & 1758-1764]. (1743)

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About this Item: London: Printed for the author, at the College of Physicians, in Warwick-Lane, [1743-1751 & 1758-1764]., 1743. Full Leather. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Full "Gleanings" title and imprint: Gleanings of Natural History, Exhibiting Figures of Quadrupeds, Birds, Insects, Plants, &c. London: For the author at the Royal College of Physicians, in Warwick-Lane, MDCCLVIII [1758-1764]. French parallel titles: Histoire naturelle d’oiseaux peu communs, et d’autres animaux rares & qui n’ont pas été decrits, consistant en quadrupedes, reptiles, poissons, insectes, &c.; AND: Glanures d’histoire naturelle, consistant en figures de quadrupedes, d’oiseaux, d’insectes, de plantes, &c. 7 volumes (i.e. 4 volumes of Natural History and 3 volumes of Gleanings), 4to (29 x 23 cm.): text in English followed by text in French (English and French text in Gleanings printed in double columns and translated by J. du Plessis and Edmond Barker); title page of vol. 1 of Natural History with engraved vignette, preceded by hand-colored etched frontispiece and lacking subscribers’ list; 362 consecutively numbered hand-colored etched plates, plus one uncolored etched plate of "Un Samojeed" following p. 122 in vol. 2; tear on lower right corner of vol. 4 (recently repaired), with later two-page subscribers’ list ("The names of the generous encouragers of this work, which have been added since the publication of the former parts"); vol. 1 of Gleanings with engraved frontispiece portrait of Edwards by J.S. Miller (i.e. Johann Sebastian Müller) after Dandridge; some offsetting throughout, spotting sometimes affecting images, and plate 220 (in vol. 1 of Gleanings) with repaired closed marginal tear. All volumes uniformly bound in full contemporary brown polished calf, gilt dentelles to covers, marbled endpapers; spines rebacked, corners bumped. PROVENANCE: late 18th/early 19th century armorial bookplate of Robert Thompson, Esq. on front pastedown of each volume. HANDSOME AND COMPLETE SET OF THE FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT 18TH CENTURY WORKS OF NATURAL HISTORY. "At its date of issue, the Natural History and Gleanings was one of the most important of all bird books, both as a fine bird book and a work of ornithology. It is still high on each list" (Fine Bird Books, p. 93). "Through the influence of Sir Hans Sloane, [Edwards] was chosen Librarian to the Royal College of Physicians . Almost immediately after he was appointed . Edwards commenced the preparation of a series of coloured drawings of animals and birds, used later to illustrate [the present work]; for these he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Society and subsequently elected a Fellow" (Lisney, p. 127). The publication of Edwards’ work is complex, and copies are found in a variety of states. The present set has the complete run of plates numbered 1-362. George Edwards studied art in Holland, but found his true calling in 1718, when he travelled to Norway to study birds. Shortly thereafter, he dedicated himself to the study of natural history. Edwards made significant contributions to the study of birds, and is generally considered the father of modern British ornithology. REFERENCES: Anker 124-126; Fine Bird Books, p. 93; Lisney, pp. 127-128; Nissen IVB 286-288; Zimmer, p. 201. Book. Seller Inventory # 72JFP066

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EDWARDS, George (1694-1773).

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About this Item: London: For the Author at the college of Physicians, 1743 - 1764., 1764. 2 works in 7 volumes. Folio (11 x 8 5/8 inches). The general title-page and leaf of introduction to the work bound at the beginning of volume 3. Hand-coloured etched frontispiece (bound in volume 2) and 362 hand-coloured etched plates, engraved portrait of Edwards in volume 5, portrait of a Samojeed in volume 2 (some foxing and minor offsetting, particularly in volume 7, plate 105 trimmed). Contemporary speckled calf, gilt (rebacked to style). Provenance: with the contemporary ownership inscription of John Scott on the recto of the first blank in each volume. First edition, first issue. of volumes one, 2, 5 and 6 are first issues (there was only one issue of volumes 3, 4 and 7). "THE MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL BIRD BOOKS" (Fine Bird Books) One of the most important of all eighteenth-century natural history works, "at its date of issue, the "Natural History" and "Gleanings" was one of the most important of all bird books, both as a fine bird book and as a work of ornithology. It is still high on each list" (Fine Bird Books). As a young man Edwards soon found himself in the company of the most influential natural historians, collectors and artists of the 18th-century. Among Edwards' first patrons was Sir Hans Sloane, he was taught to etch by the celebrated Mark Catesby (in 1754 he would publish the second edition of Catesby's "Natural History."), he worked with the Bartrams of Philadelphia and Linnaeus in Sweden. The first volume of "A Natural History of Uncommon Birds" was published to great acclaim in 1743, and gained him nomination for fellowship of the Royal Society although he withdrew his candidacy. Second and third volumes followed in 1747 and 1750 which won him the coveted Copley medal of the Royal Society. The last volume appeared in 1751 at which time he stated that age and infirmity precluded further work. However in 1758 he published the first volume of his "Gleanings of Natural History", the second in 1760, after which he sold his entire portfolio to the Marquess of Bute, ".resigned as bedell to the College of Physicians, and retired to a house in Plaistow. From there he still visited the college and the Royal Society and, stimulated by his drawings of South American birds captured from the French by Earl Ferrers, published a last volume of "Gleanings." in 1764. Bibliographically Edwards' "a Natural History." is complicated. A large number of possible variants exist, but what is certain is that it was hugely successful and went through a number of transformations whilst under Edwards' control, including the issuing of a French edition of the text. Shortly after he retired in 1769 he sold "to Mr. James Robson, Bookseller all remaining copies of my "Natural History" coloured under my immediate inspection, together with all my copper-plates, letter-press, and every article in my possession relative to it. and that my labours may be handed down to posterity with integrity, truth and exactness, I have delivered into his hands a complete set of plates, highly coloured by myself, as a standard to those Artists who may be employed in colouring them for the future" (George Edwards, declaration quoted in Robson's Some Memoirs. of George Edwards, dated May 1st, 1769). Robson continued to issue sets, again with various changes, and a final edition appeared in 1802-1806, published by W. Gardiner and Messrs. Robinson. Nissen IVB 286, 288; Fine Bird Books, p.73; Anker 124, 126; Lisney, p.128 seq. Seller Inventory # 001519

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EDWARDS, George (1694-1773).

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About this Item: London: For the Author at the college of Physicians, [1739] -1743 - 1764., 1764. 2 works in 7 volumes. Folio (11 4/8 x 9 inches). Subscribers' list, general title-page in volume one (some spotting). engraved vignette title-page and hand-colored etched emblematic frontispiece in each volume one, engraved portrait, 362 etched plates with original hand-coloure and one uncoloured etched plate 'Samojeed'. EXCEPTIONALLY FINE contemporary red straight-grained morocco, each cover decorated with gilt borders of triple fillets and fine cross and ball roll tool, with fine corner ornaments of lilies, the spine in six compartments with five double raised bands, gilt-lettered and decorated, board edges and turn-ins gilt, green stained endpapers, all edges gilt, by C. KALTHOEBER, with his ticket on the verso of the front free endpaper ("Gleanings" volumes misnumbered V [II], VI [III], and VII [I]). Provenance: George Spencer-Churchill, fifth duke of Marlborough (1766-1840), politician and book collector, Christie's New York, 15th December 2005, lot 586. First edition, and AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE SET IN A SUMPTUOUS BINDING OF ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY NATURAL HISTORY WORKS. One of the most important of all eighteenth-century natural history works, "at its date of issue, the "Natural History" and "Gleanings" was one of the most important of all bird books, both as a fine bird book and as a work of ornithology. It is still high on each list" (Fine Bird Books). As a young man Edwards soon found himself in the company of the most influential natural historians, collectors and artists of the 18th-century. Among Edwards' first patrons was Sir Hans Sloane, he was taught to etch by the celebrated Mark Catesby (in 1754 he would publish the second edition of Catesby's "Natural History."), he worked with the Bartrams of Philadelphia and Linnaeus in Sweden. The first volume of "A Natural History of Uncommon Birds" was published to great acclaim in 1743, and gained him nomination for fellowship of the Royal Society although he withdrew his candidacy. Second and third volumes followed in 1747 and 1750 which won him the coveted Copley medal of the Royal Society. The last volume appeared in 1751 at which time he stated that age and infirmity precluded further work. However in 1758 he published the first volume of his "Gleanings of Natural History", the second in 1760, after which he sold his entire portfolio to the Marquess of Bute, ".resigned as bedell to the College of Physicians, and retired to a house in Plaistow. From there he still visited the college and the Royal Society and, stimulated by his drawings of South American birds captured from the French by Earl Ferrers, published a last volume of "Gleanings." in 1764. Bibliographically Edwards' "a Natural History." is complicated. A large number of possible variants exist, but what is certain is that it was hugely successful and went through a number of transformations whilst under Edwards' control, including the issuing of a French edition of the text. Shortly after he retired in 1769 he sold "to Mr. James Robson, Bookseller all remaining copies of my "Natural History" coloured under my immediate inspection, together with all my copper-plates, letter-press, and every article in my possession relative to it. and that my labours may be handed down to posterity with integrity, truth and exactness, I have delivered into his hands a complete set of plates, highly coloured by myself, as a standard to those Artists who may be employed in colouring them for the future" (George Edwards, declaration quoted in Robson's Some Memoirs. of George Edwards, dated May 1st, 1769). Robson continued to issue sets, again with various changes, and a final edition appeared in 1802-1806, published by W. Gardiner and Messrs. Robinson. Nissen IVB 286, 288; Fine Bird Books, p.73; Anker 124, 126; Lisney, p.128 seq. Catalogued by Kate Hunter. Seller Inventory # 000145

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