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The British Miscellany

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The British Miscellany

by James Sowerby

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About This Item

Very good copy of Sowerby's answer to George Shaw's The Naturalist's Miscellany

Complete with all 76 plates (two folding) finely handcoloured engravings by this prolific artist

Includes "new, rare, or little known animal subjects many not before ascertained to be inhabitants of the British Isles and chiefly in the possession of the author." There are strange parasites that prey on sand bees or sprats, sea urchin, Norway king crab, Sowerby's beaked whale, sea worms and sea fans, a rare narwhal with two tusks, starfish, cuttlefish, beetles, flies, corals and sponges, a water shrew, ducks, brown trout, bee-eaters and grebes.

This is the re-issue from Bernard Quaritch with new title page and corrected and completed index "after the purchase of the [original] stock in May 1875"

New title page, corrected index, original title page, dedication to Francis Lord Seaforth and James Brodie Esq. (who supplied specimens to the author), preface, corrected index (duplicate), 60 handcoloured plates and 1-132 text pages (Vol. I), 16 handcoloured plates and 1-32 text pages (Vol. II), original index 133-136 pages (to Vol. I)

Originally issued in 12 parts, the first five with four plates, the remainder with eight plates each. According to Anker, the stock was later bought by Quaritch and reissued in 1875 with a new title page (this copy)

James Sowerby (1757-1822) was a tireless English naturalist, illustrator, conchologist, mineralogist and mycologist. He began as a botanical illustrator for William Curtis (on Flora Londinensis and the Botanical Magazine), before contributing over 2,500 botanical plates to Sir James Edward Smith's series English Botany 1790-1814. He also illustrated William Woodville's Medical Botany 1790-93, and his own works English Fungi 1789-91, British Miscellany 1804-1806, British Mineralogy 1802-17, Exotic Mineralogy 1811, among others.

Later Victorian half-leather binding in blue morocco, spine with five raised gilt bands, red leather label with gilt title, leather cracked and worn, light blue cloth boards rubbed, book block solid, all edges uncut. Slight overall age toning to all pages, but plates fresh and clean with superb handcolour. Faint offsetting to a few plates.

A very good copy of this curious zoological rarity.

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Bookseller
Florilegius JP (JP)
Bookseller's Inventory #
Flo424
Title
The British Miscellany
Author
James Sowerby
Illustrator
James Sowerby
Format/Binding
Half leather and cloth boards
Book Condition
Used - Very Good
Jacket Condition
None
Quantity Available
1
Edition
2nd
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
R. Taylor & Co. for the Author
Place of Publication
London
Date Published
[1875]
Size
Octavo, 25 x 16cm
Weight
0.00 lbs
Keywords
James Sowerby, British Miscellany, zoology, natural history, engraving, copperplate, bird, animal, marine, insect, curiosity
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About Florilegius

Tokyo-based bookseller specializing in European illustrated books from the 18th to 19th century, mainly botanical, zoological, costume and travel. Also Japanese ukiyo-e and woodblock botanicals, flower arrangement, etc.

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