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A natural history of uncommon birds and of some rare and undescribed animals, quadrupeds, reptiles, fishes, insects, &c. In four parts. [AND] Gleanings of natural history - Glanures d'histoire naturelle [In three volumes]. [Complete].
London, for the author, 1743-1764. Seven volumes in seven. Folio (29.4 x 22. 8 cm). Text and 370 engraved plates of which 369 finely hand-coloured), as follows: Part I: Hand-coloured frontispiece, title page with hand-coloured vignettes; wood-engraved head and tail pieces; xx, 53 pp.; 54 plates [1-52; (two not numbered)]. II. Title page, [iii]-viii, xxi-xxiv; 53-128 pp. 55 plates (including the Samojeed, uncoloured) [53-104; (one not numbered - double); 105; (Samojeed)]. III. Title page, dedication leaf, full blank, advertisement leaf, pp. 106-157; 52 plates [106-157]. IV. Title page (dated 1751), dedication leaf, [ii] pp. (preface), [ii] pp. (subscribers list); 158-248 pp.; 58 plates [158-177; (three not numbered); 178-195; (two not numbered); 196-210]. V. Frontispiece portrait of the author, title page with engraved vignettes, dedication leaf; pp. 1-108; 50 plates [211-260]. VI. Two title pages (English and French), [iii] (dedication leaves), [iv] subscribers list; xxxv (preface), 109-215, [iv] (index); 50 plates. [261-310]. VII. Two title pages (English and French), dedication leaf, [ii] (subscribers list), vii (preface), 221-347 pp.; 52 plates [311-362]. Uniform contemporary polished calf. Spines with five raised bands; compartments rich gilt with floral patterns and two morocco labels with gilt title. Gilt-panelled boards. Inner dentelles. Marbled endpapers. Yellow edges.Read more
Edwards's magnum opus, with extra - unpublished - plates and his handwritten explanations