14 November 2007
SHAW, George (1751-1813) and Frederick Polydore NODDER (fl. 1773-c.1801). The Naturalist's Miscellany: or, coloured figures of natural objects; drawn and described immediately from nature. London: Nodder and Co., -90-1813.
24 volumes, 8° (228 x 132mm). Engraved frontispieces to volume I and XXIV, 1064 hand-coloured engraved plates. (Several plates bound upside down or misplaced, marginal tears to a few plates, vol.XVIII lacking list of plates.) Contemporary red half morocco with marbled paper on sides (some rubbing and scuffing).
A FINE COPY OF THIS "REMARKABLE SERIAL" (Wood), a monumental work on Natural History. The Naturalist's Miscellany is devoted to zoological subjects, and includes a high proportion of birds; each subject is described in both Latin and English, and illustrated by a plate, the majority by Frederick Nodder's son Richard. As the original Prospectus stated: "The Plates [are] printed on the best paper ... executed with the most scrupulous Adherence to Nature, and ... coloured with the utmost Precision and Exactness". Complete sets are rare, since the work was published in 287 monthly parts over some 24 years. Fine Bird Books p. 142; Lisney pp. 312-335; Nissen IVB 869; Wood p. 565. (24)
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