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    "The First English Author
    to Add Illustrations to a List of Birds"

    Walter Charleton. Onomasticon Zoicon. Plerorumque Animalium Differentias & Nomina Propria pluribus Linguis exponens. Cui Accedunt Mantissa Anatomica; Et Quædam (Quaedam) De Variis Fossilium Generibus. London: James Allestry, 1668. First Edition. Quarto. [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, front board warped, small repair to imprimatur leaf, small dark stain on title-page and two following leaves, plates with edge and fold wear, few fold separations, one plate (page 201) with tear repaired. Last four leaves of the "Praefatio" are loose. Pages with occasional foxing, smudging, or minor soiling. Very good.

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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, 461).


    "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).


    Garrison-Morton 292--Gives a list of English, Latin and Greek names to all the then known animals.

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