London, The Zoological Society of London, 1835-1866. 4to (31.3 x 24.5 cm). 2238 pp. Several text engravings, 359 plates, of which 87 finely hand-coloured and one tinted, and 44 larger (multi-) folded. Uniform contemporary polished half calf over marbled boards. Spines with five raised, gilt-stippled bands; compartments with elaborate intricate gilt floral ornaments and red and green morocco labels with gilt title and volume number. Marbled endpapers, marbled edges.
A superbly bound set of the first five-and-a-half volumes of the Zoological Society Transactions, which differ from the Proceedings in their much larger size, and in containing the more substantial monographs, rather than short(er) papers. For instance: Richard Owen's monograph on the osteology of the dodo (in volume 6), and his finely illustrated on the external characters of the gorilla, as well as his many other contributions to the knowledge of the great apes, Dinornis (the extinct giant moas from New Zealand), the juvenile duck bill platypus, etc.; Alder & Hancock's wonderfully illustrated paper on Indian nudibranchs - with many new species; Broderip's contribution to 'dodoology'; Strickland's further observations on the same; Richardson's finely illustrated accounts of new Australian fish; Hope on new Australian beetles; Broderip and Owen's contributions to the Calyptraeidae (slipper snails or "limpets", cup-and-saucer snails, and Chinese hat snails; Gastropoda), and much, much more. First front wrapper of volumes 4 and 6 bound in, replacing printed titles. The first monograph of volume 5 not bound in; those in volume 6 present up to pp. 225 (of 494). Apparently subscription was terminated halfway through volume six, but the part present was as nicely bound as the first five volumes. Scattered foxing to several plates - notably plain plates depicting fossils - but the coloured plates nearly all clean. In all, a very good, unmarked, and extremely well-bound set. Anker, 548; Nissen ZBI, 4788.