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Author Name:    JARDINE, William, (ed.) LIZARS, W.H.

Title:   The Naturalist's Library. In 40 Volumes.

Publisher:    W.H. Lizars, Edinbuurgh / London, 0, 1840

Seller ID:   111892

JARDINE, Sir William, (ed.). The Naturalist's Library. IN 40 VOLUMES. Edinburgh : W.H. Lizars / London: Samuel Highley / Dublin : W. Curry Junr., n.d.[ca. 1840]. FIRST EDITION. Various paginations. Each with portrait frontispiece, engraved title page and 30 to 50 coloured Plates. Small 8vo, red pressed cloth, gilt decoration to front boards, gilt lettering to spines, top edges gilt.

Gavin Bridson, The History of Natural History: An Annotated Bibliography, Second Edition, B471.

Sir William Jardine, 7th Baronet of Applegirth, Dumfriesshire (23 February 1800 in Edinburgh 21 November 1874 in Sandown, Isle of Wight) was a Scottish naturalist. He is known for his editing of a long series of natural history books, The Naturalist's Library.

The Library is divided into 4 sections :


I: Ornithology - Vols. 1-14:
1. Birds of Great Britain and Ireland, Part I, by the Editor: pp. 315; all 36 plates present.
2. Birds of Great Britain and Ireland, Part II, by the Editor: pp. 409; all 32 plates present.
3. Birds of Great Britain and Ireland, Part III, by the Editor: pp. 349; all 36 plates present.
4. Birds of Great Britain and Ireland, Part IV, by the Editor: pp. 313; all 33 plates present.
5. Sun-Birds, by the Editor: pp. 277; all 32 plates present.
6. Humming Birds, Part I, by the Editor: pp. 191; all 36 plates present.
7. Humming Birds, Part II, by the Editor: pp. 192; all 32 plates present.
8. Game Birds, by the Editor: pp. 197; all 32 plates present.
9. Pigeons, by Prideaux John Selby: pp. 252; all 32 plates present.
10. Parrots, by Pride aux John Selby: pp. 219; all 32 plates present.
11. Birds of Western Africa, Part I, by W. Swainson: pp. 286; all 34 plates present.
12. Birds of Western Africa, Part I, by W. Swainson: pp. 263; all 34 plates present.
13. Flycatchers, by W. Swainson: pp. 256; all 33 plates present.
14. Gallinaceous Birds, by the Editor: pp. 255; all 31 plates present.


II: Mammalia - Vols. 15-27:
15. Introduction to Mammalia, by Lieut.-Col. Charles Hamilton Smith:pp. 313; all 32 plates present.
16. Lions, Tigers, &c., &c., by the Editor : pp. 276; all 38 plates present.
17. British Quadrupeds, by W. MacGillivray: pp. 309; all 36 plates present.
18. Dogs, Volume I, by Lieut.-Col. Charles Hamilton Smith: pp. 267; all 32 plates present.
19. Dogs, Volume II, by Lieut.-Col. Charles Hamilton Smith: pp. 299; all 39 plates present (1 more than mentioned in contents). (a couple loose but present)
20. Horses, by Lieut.-Col. Charles Hamilton Smith: pp. 352; all 35 plates present.
21. Deer,Antelopes, Camels, &c., by the Editor: pp. 229; all 35 plates present (though some out of order).
22. Goats, Sheep, Oxen, &c., by the Editor: pp. 264; all 33 plates present (some opposite incorrect pages).
23. Thick-Skinned Quadrupeds, by the Editor: pp. 248; all 32 plates present.
24. Marsupialia or Pouched Animals, by G.R. Waterhouse: pp. 323; all 37 plates present.
25.Amphibious Carnivora, by Robert Hamilton: pp. 336; 32 of 33 plates present (missing plate 2: The Common Seal of the Scottish Coast)
26. Whales, etc., by Robert Hamilton: pp. 264; all 32 plates present.
27. Monkeys, by the editor: pp. 288; all 32 plates present.


III: Entomology - Vols. 28-34:
28. Introduction to Entomology, by James Duncan: pp. 331; all 38 plates present.
29. British Butterflies, by James Duncan: pp. 246; all 36 plates present.
30. British Moths, Sphinxes, etc., by James Duncan: pp. 268; all 32 plates present.
31. Foreign Butterflies, by James Duncan: pp. 208; all 32 plates present.
32. Exotic Moths, by James Duncan: pp. 229; all 32 plates present.
33. Beetles, by James Duncan: pp. 269; all 32 plates present.
34: Bees, comprehending the uses and economical management of the Honey-Bee of Britain and other countries, together with descriptions of the known wild species: pp. 301; 31 of 32 plates present (missing plate 17: Donovan's Humble-Bee and Bombus Grandis; the existence of the first 13 plates not mentioned in the contents but are present in the book... was 17 supposed to be here?


IV: Ichthyology - Vols. 35-40:
35. Fishes, particularly their structure and economical uses, by J.S. Bushnan: pp. 219; all 34 plates present.
36: British Fishes, Part I, by R. Hamilton: pp. 313; all 25 plates present.
37: British Fishes, Part II, by. R. Hamilton: pp. 424; all 47 plates present.
38. Fishes of the Perch Family, by the Editor: pp. 207; all 37 plates present.
39: Fishes of British Guiana, Part I, by. R.H. Schomburgk; pp. 263; all 34 plates present.
40: Fishes of British Guiana, Part II, by R.H. Schomburgk; pp. 214;all 32 plates present. Price on spine "4s 6d".

Occasional chipping to spines, a few signatures loose, a couple of plates have short splits to fore-edge (avoiding the colour illustration), two plates missing, else a very good, tidy internally clean set in original publisher's cloth. 8,000.00


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