New York: Merrill & Baker. Leather bound. 583; 583pp. Quarto [26.5 cm] 3/4 maroon leather with brown cloth covered boards, raised bands, gilt stamped titles and animal vignettes on the spines. Marbled text block edges and endpapers. Very good. The leather on the spine and covers is rubbed, and the spines are subtly rolled. The top edges of the text blocks are darkened. The text block of volume 2 is cracked at p. 288. All plates present. Volumes I and II only. Item #37539
Illustrated with seventy-two coloured plates and sixteen hundred engravings. From the Preface- "It is... a matter for sincere congratulation that in The New Natural History we have a work written from the modern standpoint, by masters in their respective fields of inquiry. A popular work on Natural History need not consist of a series of entertaining anecdotes about animals, but should convey in easily understood terms an exposition of their structure and relationships, and as full an account of the life histories of the different groups and of the more important species, as the limits of a single work of reasonable size will permit."