12mo, pp. vii, [1 (blank)], 145, [1 (blank)], [2 (publisher’s advertisement)], with frontispiece and 25 plates; occasional spotting; a good copy in recent red morocco-backed boards with marbled sides to period style, spine gilt-ruled in compartments with gilt green morocco lettering-piece; lightly rubbed at extremities.
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Natural History of Quadrupeds, for Children, combined with an Attempt to engraft on the youthful Mind the Principles of Tenderness and Compassion for the animal Creation, by a Lady; second Edition.
A scarce work, second edition, the first edition to be attributed to ‘a lady’. An attractive natural history for children, the work was first published in 1813 ‘by the Author of The Decoy’, an educational work on English grammar; this second edition is the first to credit ‘a lady’ with its authorship. The author of several works for children, she is likely the ‘E. Ballantine’ recorded in the Darton and Harvey copyright receipt book for ‘Natural History for Children’ and ‘the Lamb’.
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[LONDON ZOO.] HARVEY, William (illustrator).
The Gardens and Menagerie of the Zoological Society delineated … Quadrupeds, Vol. I [– Birds].
First edition, first issue, of the first record of the menagerie of the Zoological Society. Founded in 1826 with botanical gardens and a zoological collection at Regent’s Park, the Zoological Society of London was soon established as the foremost natural history collection in Europe, receiving the Royal Menagerie from William IV in 1831.
WITH OCCULT ANNOTATIONS HILL, John.
The useful Family Herbal, or an Account of all those English Plants, which are remarkable for their Virtues, and of the Drugs, which are produced by Vegetables of other Countries, with their Descriptions, and their Uses, as proved by Experience, illustrated with Figures of the most useful English Plants, with an Introduction … and an Appendix, containing a Proposal for the farther Seeking into the Virtues of English Herbs, and the Manner of Doing it with Ease and Safety … the second Edition.
Second edition, published the year after the first, with contemporary annotations. Apothecary, actor, and prolific writer, John Hill (1714 – 1775) published his Useful Family Herbal in 1754, an otherwise ‘unaccountably unproductive year’ (ODNB). Through a long and varied career he wrote widely on botany and its uses, including the first Linnaean flora of Britain, his Flora Britanica [sic] of 1759.