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    George Edwards. A Natural History of Uncommon Birds, and of Some Other Rare and Undescribed Animals. London: Printed for the Author at the College of Physicians, 1743-1751. [Bound with:] Gleanings of Natural History. London: Printed for the Author at the College of Physicians, 1758-1764. First edition. Seven volumes (Natural History, volumes 1-4; Gleanings, volumes 5-7). Folio (11.25 x 9 inches; 286 x 229 mm.). Full pagination available online.

    One hand colored copper etched emblematic frontispiece in Volume 1; 362 hand colored copper etched plates throughout, 4 uncolored copper engravings (3 folding, these 4 in first volume), plus 1 uncolored copper plate "Samojeed" (opposite p. 118 in second volume). Volumes bound in full red leather, boards decorated with gilt borders with corner ornaments of pineapples, spine divided into seven compartments with six raised bands; all text block edges gilt; marbled endpapers. Some wear to bindings; offsetting to plates, but coloring strong and vibrant; negligible foxing and spotting. Bookplate of unidentified previous owner. Very good. This is a handsome, complete set of one of the most important ornithology and natural history books published in the 18th century. Edwards (1694-1773) was appointed librarian of the Royal College of Physicians with the aid of Sir Hans Sloan. Soon after Edwards assumed his duties, he commenced a series of colored drawings of animals and birds, which were later used in these works. Edwards's drawings led to his award of the Gold Medal of the Royal Society, to which he was later elected as a Fellow. Nissen IVB 286-289.


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    Volume 1: [2, title page for A Natural History of Uncommon Birds], [2, preface]; [J. Robson?], Some Memoirs of the Life and Works of George Edwards, London: for J. Robson, 1776, [1], 2-38, 4 uncolored copper engravings (3 folding); C[arolus]. Linnaeus, A Catalogue of the Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Insects, Plants, etc. contained in Edwards's Natural History, London: for J. Robson, 1776, [1-5], 6-15; advertisement; [2, title page for A Natural History of Birds], [i-iii], iv, [v], vi-xix, addenda, 52 hand colored plates and descriptions; [2, title page for Histoire Naturelle D'Oiseaux peu Communs (French translation of A Natural History of Uncommon Birds)]; [4, epistle], [I], II-XXI, 52 pages [descriptions of plates in English version].

    Volume 2: [2, title page for A Natural History of Birds, Part II], [i-iii], iv, [v], vi-viii, colored plates 53-105 with descriptions, plus 1 uncolored plate, [107], 108-124 [appendix], 125-128 [catalogue of the names of birds in the work in English and Latin], [2, title page of French translation of part II], [2, epistle], descriptions of plates 53-105 in English translation, [26, addition].

    Volume 3: [2, title page for A Natural History of Birds, Part III], [2, dedication], advertisement, colored plates 106-157 with descriptions; [2, title page of French translation of part III], [2, dedication], descriptions of plates 106-157 in English translation.

    Volume 4: [2, title page of A Natural History of Birds, Part IV], [2, dedication], [2, preface], [2, list of subscribers], colored plates 158-210 with descriptions, 212-248, [2, title page of French translation of Part IV], descriptions of plates 158-210 in English version, 211-236 pages.

    Volume 5: title pages for Gleanings of Natural History (brief) in English and French, dedication page, title pages (full) in both English and French, i-xxxv, color plates 211-260 with descriptions in English and French.

    Volume 6: title pages for Gleanings of Natural History, Part II in English and French, [3, dedication], [4, list of subscribers], color plates 261-310 with descriptions in English and French, 217-220 pages.

    Volume 7: title pages for Gleanings of Natural History, Part III in English and French, [2, dedication], [2, list of subscribers, [i], ii-vii, color plates 311-362 with descriptions in English and French, [325], 326-347 pages.


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