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Catalogue 43 Natural History #10122/1

Wood (William)


Or, The Beauties of Nature Displayed. In select descriptions from the Animal, and Vegetable, with additions from the Mineral Kingdom. systematically arranged, Illustrated with plates, designed and engraved by Mr. William Daniell

Published: London, 1807

Stock Number: #10122/1

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3 volumes: I. viii + 572. II. viii,+ 618. III. vii + 612 pages,Royal 8vo (285 x 190 mm), 60 aquatint plates ? ?Designed by William Daniell, published by Messrs. Cadell and Davies, London, March 1, 1807?, 2 vignettes of coins and a chapter headpiece of a Platypus, bound in the original paper-covered boards ? pink on the sides and white on the spines ? with printed title labels, uncut edges and a few pages unopened. The hinges of volumes I and II are split but holding on the ties and there is loss of the paper backstrip at the bottom of volume II, some soiling on the paper sides and spines, the endpapers bear signs of a brown paper cover having been removed, some plates have the original loose tissue guards, complete with the half title pages, light foxing on a few plates but generally the contents and the plates are crisp and bright throughout.

Abbey (J.R.) LIFE IN ENGLAND, In Aquatint and Lithography, 1770-1860, (Dawson 1972), Number 450: Uncoloured aquatints: a large paper copy. Abbey quotes Prideaux (Prideaux, S. T. Aquatint engraving; a chapter in the history of book illustration (London : Duckworth & Co., 1909) page 292, ?The illustrations by William Daniell are all in pure aquatint. They are very good instances of the applications of the aquatint process to the particular class of subject, the entire absence of line for purposes of definition proving once for all that the gradation of tone, is well managed, in amply sufficient for the purpose.?The plates of African animals in these volumes are derived from the plates in Daniell?s African Scenery and Animals (1804-1805).