ZOOGRAPHY; or, the beauties of nature displayed. with select descriptions of the animal, and vegetable, with additions from the mineral kingdom. Systematically arranged. Illustrated with plates, designed and engraved by Mr. William Daniell (3 vol. set)
Edition: First Edition
London: Cadell and Davies, 1807. Three volumes, small quarto, 27 x 17.5 cm, bound in contemporary full crimson morocco gilt extra, sides with wide decorative borders, flat spines with raised bands, lettered & decorated in gilt; gilt inner dentettes, all edges gilt, dark grey endpapers, bound-in ribbon markers. Vol. I: pp , (iii)-(xx). 572,  + 24 aquatint plates and 2 vignette illustrations in text. Vol. II: pp , (iii)-viii, 618,  + 20 plates; Vol. III: pp , (iii)-(viii), 612,  + 15 plates. Errata below end of text. Nice modern woodcut bookplate at front of each volume. Spines a little darkened, gilt lightly mellowed; Front free endpaper of Vol. I has very small chips to fore edge, and inner hinge is neatly repaired with matching paper. Vol. II has a long tear to plate at p. 133 (electric eel) neatly repaired on the blank side; likewise ra epair to a short tear to bottom margin of plate at p 164 (rostrated chaelodon) only slight entering the background of the image; scattered foxing and small brown soil spots, especially to margins of plates though the images are mostly unaffected; Vol. I just a little leaned; in all, a VG set, sound in the attrative bindings, no damp stains. Volume I treats the quadrupeds and birds, Volume II reptiles, fish, insects, and shellfish. Volume III covers plants and minerals. The b&w aquatints, by William Daniell (1769-1837), an important British landscape and marine painter and engraver, are especially interesting for their full frontal realism, if distorted scale, against dramatic backgrounds. His book on India, ORIENTAL SCENERY, is highly prized. William Wood, F.R.S., F.L..S., who trained as a surgeon, turned to natural history and then to bookselling, becoming the leading London natural history bookseller of his day. "An esteemed work" (Lowndes). Note: 5.5 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required.
Condition: Binding: Hardcover