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A History of The Earth and Animated Nature, Oliver Goldsmith, 2 Vols.


A History of The Earth and Animated Nature, By Oliver Goldsmith. With an Introductory View of the Animal Kingdom by Baron Cuvier; Copius Notes of Discoveries in Natural History And a Life of the Author; by Washington Irving. 2 Vols.

Published by A. Fullarton and Co., Edinburgh and London. Fullarton, Macnab & Co., New York. This set is the Edinburgh printing. Undated, but c. 1860s.

The two volumes are good. Half leather covers - leather is worn and bumped with cracked hinges, but all still bound. Brown cloth over boards is shelf worn and marked. Volume 1 has bookplate to Joseph Wilson dated 1868. Both volumes with cracked joints. Blank endpapers have some tears and soiling. Volume 1 with some staining to frontispiece and title pages edges. Volume 2 also lacks frontispiece. Text is good throughout with occasional staining and foxing. Sadly, nearly all the colour plates are missing from these volumes, though the text is comprehensive.

Vol. 1: lvi + 536pp.

Vol. 2: 541pp.

Dimensions: Each volume approximately 260mm x 180mm x 46mm. A substantial set weighing around 2.5kg unpacked.