SHAW, George (1751-1813) and Frederick Polydore NODDER (fl. 1773-ca 1801). The Naturalist's Miscellany: or, coloured figures of natural objects; drawn and described immediately from nature. London: Nodder and Co., -1790-1813.
24 volumes, 8o (233 x 141 mm). Engraved dedication leaf, over 1,000 hand-colored engraved plates. Volume 24 with general indexes. (A few scattered foxmarks, but generally clean, fresh and bright internally.) 19th-century calf gilt, covers with wide gild border of animal figures, spines gilt, edges gilt (covers detached on vols. 1, 19, 22, 23 and 24, other joints weak, some rebacked preserving original spines, some chipping and wear).
FIRST EDITION 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. Complete sets are rare, since the work was published in 287 monthly parts over some 24 years. Fine Bird Books, p.42; Nissen IVB 869; Wood p.565. (24)