London: Robert Jennings, 1829.
Illustrated by woodcuts after Wm Harvey. 1st Ed 1st Pr. Hardcover. Good+ with no dust jacket. Item #BOOKS001935I
Edgeworn, tone, random fox, sp edge tears. Solid. Illustrated by portraits of each, taken from life, by William Harvey, and engraved on wood by Branston and Wright. Delightful illustrative animal portrait woodcuts by Messrs. Branston and Wright begin nearly all of the fifty-nine listings, ending with a smaller tail-piece usually of the animal in a natural setting. Title page vignette is of the Tower of London. "As a visit to the Menagerie will enable the reader at once to compare our representations and descriptions with their living prototypes, the imperative necessity of scrupulous accuracy has been deeply impressed throughout the whole undertaking on the minds of those who have been engaged in its completion." Worn but solid quarter roan binding, with marbled boards and gilt spine lettering. 1849 gift inscription on front endpaper from a "Lined Drawing Master" Birmingham. This wonderful illustrated catalogue looks at one of the earliest zoos open to the public, shortly before its closing in 1832 and the transfer of the remaining animals to Regent's Park. The first separate work written by eminent zoologist Edward Turner Bennett, this publication was fostered by the Zoological Society of London, shortly after its founding in 1826. On many levels, The Tower Menagerie would be a high-spot in any library.; 241 pages.
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