2 vols, 8vo, pp. I: xii, 308, II: viii, 328; titles with woodcut vignettes, numerous woodcut illustrations throughout; a little spotting in places, otherwise an attractive set; later nineteenth-century half red morocco by Walker of Plymouth, marbled sides, borders French filleted in gilt, spines richly gilt in compartments and lettered directly in gilt, edges gilt, marbled endpapers, ribbon place-markers; rubbed at extremities, spines lightly sunned; late nineteenth-century armorial bookplate of Rev. Philip Hedgeland to upper pastedowns, perforated stamp of Penzance Library to titles and final leaves (with insignificant loss to index only).
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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.
The descriptions were contributed by (among others) Vigors, Wallich, Broderip, and Yarrell, and edited by Edward Turner Bennett (1797 – 1836), vice-secretary of the Society under Nicholas Aylward Vigors and his successor as secretary. Though credited to William Harvey (1796 – 1866), the illustrations contain drawings by several other artists, including the young Edward Lear. The descriptions and images together offered the first view of the Society’s gardens, which would not be opened to the public until 1847.
Printed at Chiswick by Charles Wittingham, the first volume was sold by Tegg and Hailes and dated 1830 and the second by Sharpe with the date 1831; the two volumes were subsequently issued together by Charles Tilt in 1831.
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