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Published: John Van Voorst
Edition: Second Edition
One volume bound in two - Volume One - xviii, 232pp and Volume Two - , 233-474pp (ignoring blanks - interleaved throughout). Contemporary full straight-grain morocco, raised double bands, spines in six panels, title in gilt to second panel, volume to fourth, remaining panels with gilt central device, thick gilt band between raised bands, covers with single fillet border and small fleuron corner pieces, gilt roll to edges and inner edges, t.e.g., paste paper endpapers. Spines very slightly faded, otherwise very good indeed, internally quite bright and clean. From the library of Dudley Coutts Marjoribanks, (later 1st Baron Tweedmouth), with his bookplate to front pastedowns, he was a noted dog breeder who seemingly oversaw the development of the Golden Retriever. Interleaved throughout, often with notes in pen, mainly relating to the animals found in his locale, on the facing page - the Black Rat for example - noting "last year I caught two in my own house and a neighbour caught three in his stable". Also included are two letters addressed to Marjoribanks, one from Henry Ward, the taxidermist who worked for Audubon, noting his receipt of Sir Dudley's 'Otter', "one of the finest specimens I have seen for some years" and the other from H.R. Hughes, expressing his regret that Marjoribanks cannot make his shooting party