London, South Kensington
28 November 2011
HARRIS, William Cornwallis (1807-1848). Portraits of the Game and Wild Animals of Southern Africa. London: published for the proprietor by William Pickering [and others], 1840-. 2° (540 x 370mm). Lithographed additional title with hand-coloured vignette, 30 hand-coloured plates by Frank Howard after Harris, 30 wood-engraved illustrations. (Text spotted, some spotting to most plates, without the subscribers' list or advertisements.) Contemporary red half sheep, spine gilt in compartments each with an animal tool, green morocco label, gilt edges (extremities rubbed, sides scuffed). Provenance: Arthur Landau.
LARGE-PAPER ISSUE of 'one of the most important and valuable of the large folio works on South African fauna' (Mendelssohn). The first issue, with both titles dated 1840. Mendelssohn I, p.688; Tooley 247; Abbey Travel 355; Nissen ZBI 1843; Schwerdt I, p.231.
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