Uncle Philip’s Conversations with Children about the Habits and mechanical Employments of inferior Animals ...

London: Printed for T.T. and J. Tegg … 1834.

12mo., pp. xv, [1], 170, [4, advertisements], with an additional engraved title-page, a frontispiece, and illustrations throughout; a very good copy in the original green moiré cloth, printed label.


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First edition. Wise Uncle Philip, returned from a life of travel and learning, wiles away his days teaching natural history to inquisitive local children. The insects he discourses on are anthropomorphised as industrious tradespeople: bees are carpenters, wasps are paper-makers, and ants are masons. Other books in this series record Uncle Philip’s conversation on topics as diverse as ‘the Christian religion’ and ‘the trees of America’.

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