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Seller: anderobe (5,465) 100%, Location: Pocatello, Idaho, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 113666324078 A HISTORY of the EARTH and ANIMATED NATUREWith Numerous Notes from the Works of the Most Distinguished British and Foreign Naturalists VOLUMES I & II byOliver GOLDSMITH Published1853 by BLACKIE & SON, LondonWithUpwards of 2,000 Figures Including Dozens of Single-SidedHAND-COLORED Platesof ALL THINGS ANIMAL in NATUREThis is a two volume set of "A History of the Earth and Animated Nature" by Oliver Goldsmith, which was published in two volumes by Blackie and Son, Glasgow, Edinburgh and London in 1853. The book itself was first published in 1774, the year of Goldsmith's death, and has been published in various formats with and without colored plates and in a variety of volumes since that time. The bindings are black leather and heavy cloth boards. The spines are attractively gold stamped and the cloth boards are stained and spotted. The corners are rubbed with some loss of leather on the outer corners. The bindings are tight and the contents sound. Both of these volumes are inscribed "Samuel Pearse, Exeter" (England). Aside from the 36 single-sided hand-colored plates, there are numerous uncolored engravings in black and white for an additional 35 single-sided plates (with one fold-out) covering every animal group, including MAMMALS, BIRDS, REPTILES, AMPHIBIANS, FISH, INVERTEBRATES including BEETLES, BUTTERFLIES and OTHER INSECTS and ARTHROPODS, and the races of Man and some fascinating figures of geological curiosities. The image area of the hand-colored plates are generally clean with a few that have some foxing spots within the lined border. Many, however, do have areas of significant foxing in the margin area. The colors are all nice and fresh. The uncolored engraved plates have scattered foxing and browning spots with a few sheets having browned considerably. There is also a fold-out map of the comparative heights of the world's mountains and another map of Geological Europe. Volume I of this two volume set consists of 564 pages of text and volume II has 663 pages, including the index. There are also engravings within the text area as well. Volume I includes a comprehensive introduction and a general index of each and every illustration which, as is stated on the title page, this book is "illustrated by upwards of two thousand figures". Each book is about 6 X 10 inches x 2 inches thick, and includes a portrait (Oliver Goldsmith in Vol. I and Baron Cuvier in Vol. II) and a hand-colored vignette frontispiece. SUMMARY: This is a Complete set of 2 Volumes in handsome Contemporary Half-Leather bindings with brown, somewhat scuffed/soiled cloth boards. Spine with Gilt Titles on black grounds and complex Gilt Decoration. Page Edges Marbled. Frontispiece of Vol I illustrated with an engraved portrait of Oliver Goldsmith, opposite an illustrated, Colored Title Page showing many Birds and Beasts in a forest landscape, followed by Printed Title Page dated MDCCCLIII (1853); Followed by Preface, Classification of Animals, Contents of Vol I, Index of Plates and 13 Pages of B&W Plates having many small illustrations and one Fold-Out Plate showing Comparative Heights of Mountains. Vol II Frontispiece illustrated with engraved Portrait of Baron Cuvier opposite an illustrated, Colored Title Page with many Birds and Beasts in a Coastal Scene, followed by Contents page and 21 B&W Plates of many small illustrations. Plates are printed on one side of the thick paper. Both Volumes are Beautifully illustrated throughout with 35 Full-Page Hand-Colored Plates and Numerous In-Text Engraved Illustrations. There is a total of 1,227 pages and 71 full-page Plates in this Two-Volume Set of Antiquarian Natural History Books. NOTE: This item has been listed in more than one eBay category, and will be removed from the other listings when sold. (Images are Part of Description) ************************************************************ EXAMINE IMAGES for DETAILS and SEE MORE in ANDEROBE'S eBay STORE! "Google" CRICKET SCIENCE to Access More in an Expanded Store Condition: Good, Topic: ALL ANIMALS, Publication Year: 1853, Format: Hardcover, Language: ENGLISH, Year: 1853, Subject: NATURAL HISTORY - Animals, Special Attributes: Illustrated, Author: Oliver Goldsmith, Modified Item: No, Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom

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