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Topsell, Edward and Muffett, T.

Published by Da Capo (1967)

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About this Item: Da Capo, 1967. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 3 volume set complete. Ex-library copy with usual markings. Cover and edges shows light shelf wear. Pages are clean and intact. Seller Inventory # mon0002201947

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Topsell, Edward & T. Muffet

Published by White Lotus Press, New York (1967)

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About this Item: White Lotus Press, New York, 1967. Paperback. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: no dj. History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents and Insects, the Vol. 1: Four-Footed Beasts Vol. 2: The History of Serpents Vol. 3: The Theater of Insects. Book. Seller Inventory # N3102

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THE HISTORY OF FOUR-FOOTED BEASTS AND SERPENTS,: TOPSELL, Edward and

TOPSELL, Edward and Thomas Muffet. (Moffet)

Published by London printed by E. Cotes for G. Sawbridge at the Bible on Ludgate-hill T. Williams at the Bible in Little-Britain and T. Johnson at the Key in Pauls Church-yard (1658)

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About this Item: London printed by E. Cotes for G. Sawbridge at the Bible on Ludgate-hill T. Williams at the Bible in Little-Britain and T. Johnson at the Key in Pauls Church-yard, 1658. Describing at large their true and lively figure, their several names, conditions, kinds, virtues (both natural and medicinal) countries of their breed, their love and hatred to mankind, and the wonderful work of God in their creation, preservation, and destruction. Interwoven with curious variety of historical narrations out of Scriptures, fathers, philosophers, physicians, and poets: illustrated with divers hieroglyphicks and emblems, &c. both pleasant and profitable for students in all faculties and professions. Collected out of the writings of Conradus Gesner and other authors, by Edward Topsel. Whereunto is now added, THE FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF THE THEATER OF INSECTS; or, Lesser living creatures: as bees, flies, caterpillars, spiders, worms, &c. A most elaborate work: by T. Muffet, Dr. of Physick. The whole revised, corrected, and inlarged with the addition of two useful physical tables, by J.R. M.D. SECOND EDITION. Revised and corrected edition in 3 parts each with its own title page, 1658. Folio bound in sixes, approximately 320 x 200 mm, 12Ĺ x 8 inches, woodcut illustration to title pages, numerous woodcut illustrations to text including some full-page, pages: [16], 1-818, [18], 889-1130, [6], including half-title, collation the same as ESTC. Bound in 19th century half morocco, gilt title to spine and date at foot of spine, endpapers replaced when bound, cloth covers. Binding rubbed and some scuffing, black ink stain to top of lower cover, shelf wear to edges of covers, half-title and title page dusty with narrow strengthening repairs to edges on blank side, tear to corner of page 198, with loss of text (see attached image), facsimile loosely inserted with the missing text, 5 inch neat repair with old paper to 1 margin, not affecting text, several other minor repairs to margins, not affecting text, 2 short closed tears just running into text, but no loss, occasional small closed tear to margins, a few tips of top corners missing all nowhere near text, pale browning and stainning to margins, old ink name and date to half-title, a good copy of a work often found defective and in bad condition, it was one of the great picture books of the 17th century and well used. See: A Catalogue of Printed Books in the Wellcome Library, Volume 5, page 285; A Bibliography of British Lepidoptera 1608-1799 by Arthur A. Lisney, page No. 6; British Bee Books A Bibliography 1500-1976, page 42 & 43, No.17; Mary Aslin, Catalogue of the Printed Books on Agriculture 1471-1840, page 128; G.E. Fussell, Old Engish Farming Books 1523 to 1730, page 34; ESTC R6249. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST. Seller Inventory # 34502

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About this Item: London:, 1658. Condition: Fine. Profusely Illustrated with Woodcuts of Animals - Including Mythical Beasts & New World SpeciesFolio:32 x 21 cm.[16], 818, [18], 889-1130, [6] p. Collation: A8, B-Z6, Aa-Zz6, Aaa-Zzz6, Aaaa4 (Aaaa2 signed Aaaa3); Ff-Zz6, Aaaaa-Cccc6, Dddd4. Lacking half-title.SECOND EDITION of the first two parts. FIRST EDITION of the "Theatre of Insects".Bound in 19th c. speckled calf gilt (rebacked), edges dyed red. Profusely Illustrated with detailed woodcuts of animals. A very good copy, variable light foxing, a few small rust holes, the occasional ink spot, and marginal tears.Topsell's magnificent zoological encyclopedia, the first illustrated natural history in English devoted solely to animals. Vol. 1 is largely a translation of books 1 and 5 of the "Historia animalium", a landmark in zoological literature, written by the great Swiss naturalist Conrad Gessner, with additions by Topsell. The third part is the first English edition of Thomas Moffet's "Insectorum theatrum", also an adaptation of Gessner. All three volumes are magnificently illustrated with fine woodcuts (including "D rer's" rhinoceros). The second and third parts have separate title pages.Topsell's was the first illustrated English natural history of animals. The work upon which it was originally based, Conrad Gessner’s “Historia Animalium”, is a landmark in the study of the animal kingdom. Drawing on a wealth of authorities both ancient and modern and illustrating his works with highly detailed and –to the degree possible- accurate woodcuts of the animals that he described, Gessner set a new standard for zoological literature. His encyclopedia eclipsed all other attempts at a comprehensive work on the subject, displacing Aristotle’s own “Historia Animalium” and substituting for it a tour-de-force of Renaissance humanist science. In his adaptation, Topsell follows Gessner's organizational scheme. For each animal, he divides his discussion into eight categories: 1. The animal's name in several languages, 2. A physical description of the animal and its habitat, 3. Its bodily functions and the diseases that afflict it, 4. Habits and instincts, 5. The animal's utility to humans, 6. How it is used for food, 7. Its use in the preparation of medicines, 8. Its significance in religion, poetry, proverbs, place-names, etc.New World animals described by Gessner and Topsell include the armadillo, sloth, beaver, bison, tamarin, and the Brazilian sagouin monkey. Monsters and mythological animals include the “Hydra” (with two claws, a curled serpent’s tail, and seven small mammalian heads), the “Lamia” (with a cat-like body and woman’s face and hair), the “Mantichora” (with lion’s body and mane, a man’s face and hair, and a grotesquely smiling mouth), the unicorn, and a 120-foot long sea serpent.Topsell gives numerous examples of interactions that demonstrate affinities between humans and animals, such as tales about dogs fighting to the death to protect their masters, of elephants falling in love with women, of a dragon avenging the death of his human friend, etc. Topsell and Gessner are particularly fond of dogs; they dedicate 40 pages of text and illustrations to various breeds.In addition to Topsell's "Beasts" and "Serpents", the 1658 combined edition is important for its inclusion of the first English translation of Thomas Moffet's "Theatre of Insects", a book with a complex history. When Conrad Gessner died in 1565 he left an unfinished book on entomology: this was eventually sold to his friend Thomas Penny, who had already done some work of his own on Gessner’s collection of insects. Penny also acquired the notes on insects made by Edward Wotton of Oxford, and made some progress in amalgamating the information before his death in 1589. The work was then rescued from Penny’s heir by his Cambridge friend Moffet, who added a number of descriptions and drawings from his own observations in England and on the Continent -including a number of “lesser living creatures”, spiders, crustacea. Seller Inventory # 3944

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