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    Ten Volumes of The Naturalist's Miscellany, with 395 Beautiful Hand-Colored Copperplate Engravings

    G[eorge] Shaw, and F[rederick] P[olydore] Nodder. The Naturalist's Miscellany: or, Coloured Figures of Natural Objects; Drawn and Described Immediately from Nature [by G. Shaw...The Figures by F. P. Nodder, Botanic Printer to Her Majesty]. London: Printed for Nodder & Co., [1789]-1790-1799. First edition. Ten (of twenty-four) octavo volumes (9.875 x 6.125 inches; 252 x 156 mm.). Imprint from engraved dedication leaf in Volume I. With 395 beautifully hand-colored copper-engraved plates (some folding) of birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, fish, and crustaceans by Frederick Polydore Nodder. Plate 395 incorrectly numbered 195. The plates are printed on Whatman paper, and are dated "August 1, 1789" to "Aug[ust] [17]99." Each plate with descriptive text in Latin and English by George Shaw. Added title in Latin: Vivarium naturae, sive Rerum naturalium, variae et vividae icones, ad ipsam naturam. Depictae et descriptae. Each volume with letterpress dedication leaves in Latin and English, containing the volume number, and an index leaf in both Latin and English at the end.
    Contemporary half calf over marbled boards, neatly rebacked to style and with some corners renewed. Spines lettered in gilt with five slightly raised bands. Bindings rubbed and soiled, with some scuffing; corners bumped. All edges untrimmed, and cockled slightly from damp, resulting in some very small edge tears. A few plates mounted on stubs (one cut and mounted). Most plates with slight edge browning, faint foxing, or thumbsoiling. Occasional offsetting from the text onto images and from the images onto text leaves. A few small mostly marginal stains, smudges, or ink spots. Overall, an excellent set. Front pastedown of Volume I with pencil signature of C. L. Dudman and booklabel of J. L. Shirreff, with his arms mounted above it (with motto: "Justitia"). Additional hieroglyphic bookplate on front free endpaper.
    Published in 287 monthly fascicles between August 1789 and the Summer of 1813, the complete run containing 1064 plates. Continued after George Shaw's death by William Elford Leach and Frederick Polydore Nodder's son, Richard P. Nodder, as The Zoological Misellany; Being Descriptions of New, or Interesting Animals (London 1814-1817), with 150 hand-coloured engravings (see Fine Bird Books, page 115).
    Copenhagen/Anker 467. Fine Bird Books, page 142 ("1064 hand-coloured engravings, 284 of them of birds, some y Richard P. Nodder"). Freeman 3382. Lisney, British Lepidoptera, page 229. McGill/Wood, page 565. Nissen, BBI, 1838. Nissen, IVB, 869.
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    First edition. Ten (of twenty-four) octavo volumes (9.875 x 6.125 inches; 252 x 156 mm.). Imprint from engraved dedication leaf in Volume I. With 395 beautifully hand-colored copper-engraved plates (some folding) of birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, fish, and crustaceans by Frederick Polydore Nodder. Plate 395 incorrectly numbered 195. The plates are printed on Whatman paper, and are dated "August 1, 1789" to "Aug[ust] [17]99." Each plate with descriptive text in Latin and English by George Shaw. Added title in Latin: Vivarium naturae, sive Rerum naturalium, variae et vividae icones, ad ipsam naturam. Depictae et descriptae. Each volume with letterpress dedication leaves in Latin and English, containing the volume number, and an index leaf in both Latin and English at the end.

     

    Contemporary half calf over marbled boards, neatly rebacked to style and with some corners renewed. Spines lettered in gilt with five slightly raised bands. Bindings rubbed and soiled, with some scuffing; corners bumped. All edges untrimmed, and cockled slightly from damp, resulting in some very small edge tears. A few plates mounted on stubs (one cut and mounted). Most plates with slight edge browning, faint foxing, or thumbsoiling. Occasional offsetting from the text onto images and from the images onto text leaves. A few small mostly marginal stains, smudges, or ink spots. Overall, an excellent set. Front pastedown of Volume I with pencil signature of C. L. Dudman and booklabel of J. L. Shirreff, with his arms mounted above it (with motto: "Justitia"). Additional hieroglyphic bookplate on front free endpaper.

     

    Published in 287 monthly fascicles between August 1789 and the Summer of 1813, the complete run containing 1064 plates. Continued after George Shaw's death by William Elford Leach and Frederick Polydore Nodder's son, Richard P. Nodder, as The Zoological Misellany; Being Descriptions of New, or Interesting Animals (London 1814-1817), with 150 hand-coloured engravings (see Fine Bird Books, page 115).

     

    Copenhagen/Anker 467. Fine Bird Books, page 142 ("1064 hand-coloured engravings, 284 of them of birds, some y Richard P. Nodder"). Freeman 3382. Lisney, British Lepidoptera, page 229. McGill/Wood, page 565.  Nissen, BBI, 1838. Nissen, IVB, 869.

     



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