Lot 1198: 8V Oliver Goldsmith AN HISTORY OF THE EARTH AND ANIMATED NATURE 1791 Antique Natural History Zoology Science Animal Species Plates Leather Bindings
October 22, 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: An History of the Earth, and Animated Nature
Author: Oliver Goldsmith - Oliver Goldsmith was an Anglo-Irish novelist, playwright and poet, who is best known for his novel "The Vicar of Wakefield" (1766), his pastoral poem "The Deserted Village" (1770), and his plays "The Good-Natur'd Man" (1768) and "She Stoops To Conquer" (1771, first performed in 1773). He also wrote "An History of the Earth and Animated Nature." He is thought to have written the classic children's tale "The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes," the source of the phrase "goody two-shoes".
Publisher: Printed by F. Wingrave, Successor to Mr. Nourse
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 8 Full Set: Yes
Width: 4.5" Height: 7"
Book Details: "Natural History, considered in its utmost extent, comprehends two objects. First, that of discovering, ascertaining, and naming all the various productions of nature. Secondly, that of describing the properties, manners, and relations, which they bear to us, and to each other. The first, which is the most difficult part of this science, is systematical, dry, mechanical, and incomplete. The second is more amusing, exhibits new pictures to the imagination, and improves our relish for existence, by widening the prospect of nature around us.
"Both, however, are necessary to those who would understand this pleasing science, in its utmost extent." (From the preface)
Condition / Notes: This eight-volume set is uniformly bound in full leather, with stamped gilt lettering on red spine labels. The exteriors show mild rubbing and cracking along the spines. The bindings are sound. The pages exhibit age toning and scattered foxing.
This work is illustrated with numerous plates, mainly depicting various animal species, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and some marine invertebrates. Some extinct species, such as the dodo, are also present. The plates are clean and in fine condition.
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