EDWARDS, George (1694-1773). A Natural History of Uncommon Birds, and of some other rare and undescribed animals, quadrupeds, reptiles, fishes, insects, &c. London: for the author, -1743-1751. French title and text bound at the back of each volume. 210 hand-coloured etched plates, engraved title-vignette by J.S. Mller, engraved plate of 'un Samojeed'. (Some browning and spotting, offset browning, some small marginal tears; Part I, lacking frontispiece and extra plate; Part II, lacking pp. I-VIII and Q2 (French text leaf); Part III, small paper flaw to plate 140; Part IV, short tear to plate 162, plate 197 (unnumbered) supplied from another copy with wormholes to margin and short tear not affecting platemark.)
[Uniformly bound with:]
Gleanings of Natural History, exhibiting figures of Quadrupeds, Birds, Insects, Plants, &c. London: for the author, -1760-1764. Parallel titles in French and English. 152 hand-coloured etched plates, engraved title vignette by J.S. Mller, engraved tailpiece. (Some browning and very occasional spotting, a few short marginal tears: Part I, edges of first few leaves soiled, small wormholes to lower edges of B2 and C-D4 and plates 214 and 215, plate 222 (unnumbered) with short marginal tear; Part II, a few leaves with short marginal tears, plate 266 and adjacent text leaf with pink dampstaining to gutter and dampstaining to lower margin of most leaves sometimes affecting text and image; Part III, plate 359 with small tear and dampstaining to lower margin.)
2 works in 7 volumes, 4 (291 x 232mm). Modern morocco-backed boards. Provenance: Thomas Harrington (armorial bookplate); J. F. Symons-Jeune (bookplate). FIRST EDITION variant issue. The two works are now considered as one. Anker 124 and 126; Fine Bird Books p. 73; Mullens and Swan pp. 195-96; Wood pp. 329-30; Zimmer pp. 192-96.
This first work also includes (vol. I): [J. Robson?].Some memoirs of the life and works of George Edwards. London: for J. Robson, 1776. 4. 4 engraved plates, 3 folding. (Lacking last leaf and 1 plate). Anker 127; Zimmer p.529; Carolus LINNAEUS (1707-1778). A catalogue of the birds, beast, fishes, insects ... contained in Edwards's natural history ... with their Latin names. London: for J. Robson, 1776. 4. Anker 311; Wood p.330; (vol. IV) extra plate and bifolia of quadrupeds A new history of animals. Quadrupedes. The apparently peculiar order of binding of volume I follows the instructions to the binder on p. 15 (D2) of Linnaeus's Catalogue. (7)