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LEACH, William Elford.
Malacostraca Podophthalmata Britanniae; Or, Descriptions of Such British Species of the Linnean Genus Cancer as Have Their Eyes Elevated on Footstalks.

Illustrated with Figures of All the Species, By JAMES SOWERBY. Continued and Completed, with a New Generic and Specific Index to the Whole, and Seven New Plates, By GEORGE BRETTINGHAM SOWERBY, F.L.S.

TEXT: ff. 64. Of which 2 leaves are in facsimile. 52 of 54 handcoloured engraved plates LACKING plates 9B and 10, [PLATES 18, 24, 30 and 35 are folding], PLATE 24 is mis-numbered XXXIV. With the original blue paper wrappers of the 19 part issues bound at the rear, the front wrapper of part 1 and the rear wrapper of part 16 torn with loss and repaired, LACKING the wrappers for part 17. Later blue morocco gilt, spine with five raised and gilt panels, top edge gilt, uncut, a LARGE PAPER COPY, one text leaf and 2 plates with the top corners creased, 2 plates with repaired fore-edge tears without loss or affecting the images, slip-case in marbled paper over card, the edges of the opening in matching blue morocco, overall a lovely copy from the library of the Darwin scholar, RICHARD FREEMAN, with a brief note from him loosely inserted at the front.

*The first 17 parts were issued over the period 1815-1820. Bernard Quaritch bought up the remaining unsold parts and published a further double-issue in 1875. In the copy offered, the later part is intercalated with the earlier ones. According to CHIEVELY Vol.7, p.361, Journal of the Society for Bibliography of Natural History, only 30 copies of the Large Paper copy were issued, and only 250 of the Small Paper version. As with all part issues, complete copies are rare. SEE - FREEMAN British Natural History Books, #2186; NISSEN ZBI #2404.

Printed by R. Meredith, Silver Street, Wood Street; Published and Sold by James Sowerby, 2, Mead Place, Lambeth. London; Bernard Quaritch. London.

Date Published: 1815-1820; 1875. 19 parts in 1. Pts. 1-17 Folio, pts.18-19 Imp.4to. [LARGE PAPER].

Stock No. 62701

Price: 5,000.00