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    One of the Earliest Books by an English Author to Have Ornithological Illustrations

    Walter Charleton. Onomasticon Zoicon, Plerorumque Animalium Differentias & Nomina Propia pluribus Linguis exponens. Cui accedunt Mantissa Anatomica; Et quaedam De Variis Fossilium Generibus. London: James Allestry, 1668. First edition. Quarto. A4, a4, b2, B-Z4, 2A-2V4, 2Y1. [20], 213, [4], 217-309, [1], [32] pages. With eight finely engraved natural history plates (seven of which are folding), four large text engravings, one of which is full-page. Later full vellum, small repair to imprimatur leaf, small dark stain on title-page and two following leaves, one plate (page 201) with tear repaired. A large copy, generally clean and crisp.
    "A list of the English, Greek, and Latin names of all the known animals at the time. The work is of particular interest in the history of ornithology, as Charleton was the first English author to add illustrations to a list of birds..." (Norman Catalogue i, 161). From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Walter Charleton (1619-1707) physician to Charles I & II published medical, philosophical and antiquarian tracts. He was one of the first elected fellows of the Royal Society. "He was an exact scholar and a man of wide reading in both medicine and classical literature." (Osler).

    A list of the English, Greek, and Latin names of all the then known animals. The work is of particular interest in the history of ornithology, as Charleton was the first English author to add illustrations to a list of birds.." (Norman Cat i,161).

    "This is the first of an important and celebrated classics which not only treats of living animals but contains discourses on their anatomy and paleontology." (Casey Wood).

    Wing C3688.ESTC r16157. Nissen 872. Garrison-Morton 292. Norman Cat. 461. Wood, Vertibrate, 287 (inc.?). Mullens & Swann, 124f. Streseman 41f. Ripley & Scribner 58. BM (Natural Hist.) I,337.



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