Johnson's Natural History (Two-Volume Set)
Place Published: Ann Arbor, MI/ New York
Publisher: W. B. Stickney/ A. J. Johnson & Co.
Date Published: 1885
Binding: Leather bound
Condition: Very good
Book Id: 47841
Two-volume set. Quartos [26 cm] in three-quarter maroon morocco over pebbled black cloth, with raised spine bands, gilt titles and trim, all edges gilt. Light chipping to leather, corners exposed, upper corner of spine on Volume II torn to a depth of 1.5", Vol. II spine cocked, with front board rubbed; front inner hinge of Volume I cracked (but holding), small dampstain to outer margins of last few pages of Vol. I, else interiors are unmarked.
Copiously illustrated with wonderful B&W engravings. The animals in the illustrations are carefully rendered, but have just a whiff of the fantastical about them. Subtitle: "Comprehensive, Scientific, and Popular, Illustrating and Describing the Animal Kingdom, with Its Wonders and Curiousities, from Man, Through All the Divisions, Classes and Orders, to the Animalcules in a Drop of Water; Showing the Habits, Structure, and Classification of Animals, with Their Relations to Agriculture, Manufactures, Commerce, and the Arts".