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Author Name:    TOPSELL, Edwrad HARRISON, Thomas P. HOENIGER, F. David

Title:   Fowles of Heauen or History of Birdes. in dustjacket

Publisher:    University of Texas, Austin, 1972, 

Seller ID:   110786

TOPSELL, Edward. The Fowles of Heauen or History of Birdes. Edited by Thomas P. Harrison and F. David Hoeniger. Austin : The University of Texas Press, (1972). Pp (6),vii-xxxvi,[1]-332. Illustrated in colour. 8vo, green cloth, gilt lettering and black panel to spine. "Edward Topsell (1572-1625), a London parson, had compiled two large volumes on quadrupeds and on serpents,both issued by William Jaggard, printer of Shakespeare's First Folio. A fe w years later he had` only well begun The Fowles of Heauen when he decided to present these "first fruicts" to the great Lord Ellesmere with formal Dedication and Prolegomena -248 leaves with 124 colored drawings, yet still comprising only the birds whose names commenced with A, B, and C. This fragment, never printed until now, belongs to the huge Ellesmere collection of the Henry Huntington Library in California; with discriminating omissions the present first edition realizes at last the hopes of the author. As both churchman and naturalist, Edward Topsell joins the British tradition shared by such distinguished men as William Tuener before, and Gilbert White after, him. The Fowles is a compendium of infoormation, ancient and modern, factual` and fanciful, about each bird. The religious tone is pervasive, yet with apparent incongruity one finds, for example, description of the structural adaptation of birds to their habits and habitats, a theme derived from Topsell's basic authority, the great Italian naturalist, Ulysse Aldrovandi, whose dissections had supported this significant fact. In short, Topsell's history embraces the whole field of bird lore which was soon to yield to true scientific study. Shakespeare and his fellows clung to tradition; Topsell's treatise, incomplete and unpublished, is a storehouse of old and new." (from the dj). Contents : Preface; Introduction. The Fowles of Heaven : Dedication; Prolegomena. 1. Alcatraz. 2. Alchata. 3. Artennah. 4. [Virginia Birds]. 5. Barnacle. 6. Bat. 7. Bergander. 8. Nramlyn. 9. Bullfynch. 10. Bunting. 11. Bustard. 12. Bald-Buzzard. 13. Buzzard. 14. Bittour. 15. Blackbird. 16. Birds of Paradise and Other Strange Birds. 17. Canaries. 18. Cenchram. 19. Cercyon. 20. Chaffinch. 21. Chalander. 22. Chough. 23. [More VirginiaBirds]. 24. Colmouse. 25. Corlieu. 26. Cormorant. 27. Corrier. 28. Indian Cock and Hens. 29. Heathcock. 30. Moor-Hen and Moor Cock. 31. Wild Cock or Cock of the Wood. 32. Smaller Wild Cock. 33. Crane. 34. Coot. 35. Crex. 36.Crow. 37. Cuckowe. Notes. Variant Readings. Appendixes : I. Identification of Birds in Projected List. II. Glossary of Heraldic Terms. III. Catalog o f Proper Names. Bibliography. Penned name, else very good in price-clipped dustjacket. 65.00


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