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Recreations in Natural History; Or, Popular Sketches of British Quadrupeds: Describing Their Nature, Habits, and Dispositions, and Interspersed with Original Anecdotes; Embellished with Numerous Engravings and Wood Cuts, from Portraits of Living Animals, Painted by the First Masters.

pp. xvi, 367, (i) Directions to Binder. Frontispiece and 22 plates, all on India Paper, 46 text vignettes, all wood cuts. Contemporary straight-grain morocco, spine gilt in panels, all edges gilt, some snags and scuffs to the boards, some of the plates with a small damp-mark in the top inner corners, one plate with a marginal tear into the India Paper but not the image, this plate also with an old repair [early stamp edging!] along the lower plate mark, two other plates splitting along the lower plate marks, the occasional marginal mark and damping, overall a good - very good copy.

*Very scarce in any format, but especially on Large Paper with plates on India; the text vignettes are by LUKE CLENNELL, after whom some of the larger plates are engraved. However, Reynolds Stone reckons that some of the woodcuts are by Clennell's fellow-apprentice, EDWARD WILLIS. Both of these artists worked in Bewick's establishment, whose influence is obvious. The subjects include all domesticated animals - DOG - CAT - HORSE - COW - ASS - SHEEP etc. See SUSIE GREEN Dogs in Art.

William Clarke and others. London.

Date Published: 1815. 4to. LARGE PAPER.

Stock No. 63465

Price: 400.00