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ELEPHANTS -- SCOTT, John Coarse. Observations on the different species of Asiatic Elephants, and their mode of dentition. By John Corse, Esq. from the Philosophical Transactions. [N.p. but London?: n.d., circa 1799]. 4° (295 x 230mm). 8 folding engraved plates. (Title browned and slightly spotted, old creasing to plates.) Grey paper wrappers (worn). Provenance: Earl of Dalkeith (author's presentation inscription 'For the Right Honble. The Earl of Dalkeith with most respectful Compliments from the Author J.C. Scott'). AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY of this rare offprint from the Philosophical Transactions, on elephant's teeth. Not in BM(NH), BL, Wood or the R.Z.S. Library.
John Collins WARREN (1778-1856). The Mastodon Giganteus of North America. Boston: John Wilson & Son, 1852. 4° (297 x 242mm). Lithographic additional title with colour-printed vignette and lettering printed in 'gold', 27 lithographic plates, one folding. (Text browned.) Original red cloth, covers blocked in blind, the upper cover with vignette in gilt, spine lettered in gilt, g.e. (small tears and splits to spine, extremities rubbed). FIRST EDITION. BM(NH) V,p.2267; cf. Wood p.620 (2nd edition of 1855).
DAS NEVES, Diocleciano Fernandes. Itinerario de uma viagem à Caça do Elephantes. Lisbon: Thomas Quintino Antunes, 1878. Small 8° (200 x 132mm). Largely unopened. (Some light spotting.) Original green paper wrappers (small tears to backstrips). RARE FIRST EDITION of a description of an elephant hunting trip to the Transvaal in 1860, and including a description of the death of the Zulu king Dingan. An English translation was published in 1879. Cf. Mendelssohn I,p.416 (the translation only); together with 21 other works, part works or pamphlets on the elephant and its antecedents. (24)
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