7 June 2006
DONOVAN, Edward (1768-1837). The Natural History of British Fishes, including scientific and general descriptions of the most interesting species. London: Bye and Law [vols. I-IV] and Law and Gilbert [vol. V] for the author and F. & C. Rivington, 1802-1808.
5 volumes, 8° (240 x 144mm.) 120 hand-coloured engraved plates by and after Donovan. UNCUT. (Some spotting, small corner of vol. III title torn.) Contemporary diced russia-backed marbled boards, title lettered on spines (joints and spine ends worn). Provenance: S.E. Norris (early flyleaf inscriptions) -- [Henry Sotheran & Co., London, bookseller's ticket)].
FIRST EDITION. The finely-coloured plates depict all of the common British fish species as well as a number of rarer visitors: sun-fish, king-fish, electric-ray, and others. BM(NH) I, p. 473; Nissen ZBI 1141; Wood p. 322. (5)
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