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The Ornithology of Francis Willughby In Three Books. Wherein all the Birds Hitherto known being reduced into a Method suitable to their natures are accurately Described

The Ornithology of Francis Willughby In Three Books. Wherein all the Birds Hitherto known being reduced into a Method suitable to their natures are accurately Described

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The Ornithology of Francis Willughby In Three Books. Wherein all the Birds Hitherto known being reduced into a Method suitable to their natures are accurately Described

by Francis Willughby, John Ray

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LONDON : A[ndrew]. C[lark]. for John Martyn, 1678 A very good copy in a high quality full leather binding. With title page in red and black ink; preface; text in 3 books with 2 plates of bird traps bound in, and 2 tables which serve as early identification keys; an appendix; summary of falconry; index and 78 plates of birds (including the dodo) at the rear. This is the first English edition translated from the original Latin which was published in 1676, four years after Willughby's death by his friend and colleague John Ray. It marks one of the first attempts to take a rational, scientific approach to classifying birds. It is a matter of debate, and current research, as to whether Willughby or Ray played a greater part in its development. Ray supervised the publication. The illustrations were commissioned from a number of sources and some birds are depicted twice where the initial image was not very good.This copy lacks the original endpapers - perhaps lost during the later rebinding - but is complete including the additional falconry material. There is some browning to page edges. Some of the plates have some fraying at the very edges where the paper is more fragile. This is most marked in plates LXXVI and LXXVIII - which also has a slight crease.

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Bookseller's Inventory #
30181
Title
The Ornithology of Francis Willughby In Three Books. Wherein all the Birds Hitherto known being reduced into a Method suitable to their natures are accurately Described
Author
Francis Willughby, John Ray
Format/Binding
Full-Leather
Book Condition
Used - Very Good
Quantity Available
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Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
A[ndrew]. C[lark]. for John Martyn
Place of Publication
LONDON
Date Published
1678
Keywords
Ornithology, John Ray, falconry,
Bookseller catalogs
NATURAL HISTORY; birds; 17th century works;
Size
Folio - over 12 - 15" tall

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E C Books is a small online bookselling business, specialising in pre 20th century works:natural history, science, history, and travel, aiming for rarer and more unusual books. Our largest stock area is Natural History, where we have a good range of books from the 1700-1800's, many finely illustrated. Other areas include children's books, particularly late 1800's-early 1900's - again illustrated; and literature pre 1900.When you order books from us we ensure that they are properly packed to protect condition, and we always use recorded or 'signed for' postal services for more secure delivery. Please note that we have recently moved to the beautiful Orkney Islands, where we intend to open a bookshop over the next year. Because of our location we cannot guarantee 'next day' delivery but we will get your purchase to you as quickly and safely as we can.Please note that the buyer is responsible for the payment of any tax or duty on import.

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