Animal Biography, or authentic Anecdotes of the Lives, Manners, and Economy of the animal Creation, arranged according to the System of Linnaeus … third Edition, with considerable Additions and Corrections.

London, R. Taylor & Co. for Richard Phillips, 1805.

3 vols, 8vo, pp. I: xxiii, [1 (blank)], 502, II: [2], 557, [1 (blank)], III: [2], 606; with large folding frontispiece to vol. I (trimmed with loss to captions); light foxing, a few short marginal tears to vol. III, paper-flaw to vol. I, N7 (affecting text without loss); a good set in contemporary British half red calf with marbled sides, spine gilts in compartments and lettered directly in gilt, edges stained yellow; lightly rubbed and bumped, spines sunned, small chips to endcaps and short splits to 2 joints; contemporary ink ownership inscription of George Traherne to upper endpapers and partially trimmed to title vol. III, near-contemporary engraved bookseller’s labels ‘Sold by I.D. Bird, Printer, Book & Music Seller, &c., Cardiff'.

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Third edition of Bingley’s most popular zoological work. First published in 1802, the Animal Biography provides accounts of the form and behaviour of a wide variety of mammals, birds, fish, and insects.

The present set is curious for the inscription of its first owner, George Traherne, who evidently inscribed his name both before binding (on the titles, now trimmed) and after (on the pastedowns).

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