Memoirs of British Quadrupeds, illustrative principally of their Habits of Life, Instincts, Sagacity, and Uses to Mankind. Arranged according to the System of Linnaeus. William BINGLEY.

Memoirs of British Quadrupeds, illustrative principally of their Habits of Life, Instincts, Sagacity, and Uses to Mankind. Arranged according to the System of Linnaeus.

71 engraved plates. [v]-xii, [8], 459, 70, [10] pp., one leaf of directions to the binder. Thick 8vo, cont. green straight-grained morocco (light foxing), gilt fillets round sides, flat spine gilt, a.e.g. London: Darton & Harvey, 1809.

First edition and a most handsome copy. Bingley (1774–1823), naturalist, became curate at Mirfield in the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1799. “Bingley was a noted writer on botany, topography, and popular zoology. His travels in Wales while still an undergraduate formed the basis of his two-volume, illustrated, Tour of North Wales (1800; 2nd edn, 1814), which includes a catalogue of Welsh plants. He returned to Wales in 1801 and afterwards issued a topographical account, North Wales (2 vols., 1804). During the same period he published one of his most popular zoological works, Animal Biography (1802), which went through multiple editions and was translated into a number of European languages. In a similar vein he published Memoirs of British Quadrupeds (1809), and Animated Nature (1814). These works gave an entertaining and palatable introduction to the basic zoological facts.”–ODNB.

The attractive plates were engraved chiefly by Samuel Howitt from original drawings by Bingley.

Apart from the minor foxing, a fine copy. Armorial bookplate of William Mayor and another of S.J. Wright II.

Price: $1,350.00

Item ID: 5046

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