A Manual of Marine Zoology for the British Isles, in 2 Parts (complete) in 2 volumes
By Gosse, Philip Henry
Pp. xi, 203, 15 (ads), 1 (index), 333 text-figures (woodcuts) + pp. iv, 239, (2, ads), 339 text-figures (woodcuts). Publisher’s original dark green cloth, lettered in gilt on the spine and stamped in blind on the front and rear covers, 12mo. This is likely a mixed set with the binding style and book size slightly different. Volume 1 (or Part 1) is in dark green ribbed cloth with dimensions of 170mm x 110mm. Volume 2 (or Part 2) is in dark green cloth with border lines stamped on the covers that are colored in black with dimensions of 163mm x 105mm. The title page of volume 1 is dated 1855 and the preface is dated July 1855, but the ads at the end of the volume are dated December, 1857. The title page of volume 2 is dated 1856 and the preface is dated August 1856; the 2 pages of ads at the end have no date. Thus, it appears that volume 1 is the second printing. This work covers the entire marine fauna of the British Isles. Only the internal parasites are omitted. Gosse drew some of the woodcut illustrations. The front free endpaper of volume 1 has the signature of Henry Willis, 1858. Volume 2 has no ownership marks but there is a neat pencil annotation on the blank endpaper opposite the title page as well as a pencil landscape sketch on a blank endpaper at the end.
|Publisher||John Van Voorst|
|Date Published Estimated||No|
|Number of Volumes||2|
|Condition Description||Light edge-wear to the cloth of both volumes; a tight and clean set in very good condition.|