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The Illustrated Natural History (1861) (1st ed)

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The Illustrated Natural History (1861) (1st ed)

S$49.00

Title: The Illustrated Natural History

Author: R J Wood, Brothers Dalziel (engravings)

Publisher: Routledge, Warne & Routledge, London, 1861. First edition.

Condition: Harcover, leather spine and corners with marbled boards. Wear and soiling as expected, hinges cracked, top of book near the spine has ink blot to several pages not affecting text, but firmly bound, gorgeously illustrated. Some prints are missing.

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About the author:

John George Wood, or Rev J. G. Wood, (21 July 1827 – 3 March 1889), was an English writer who popularised natural history with his writings.

Wood was a prolific and successful natural history writer, though rather as a populariser than as a scientist. For example, his book Common objects of the country sold 100,000 copies in a week. Among his works are Common Objects of the Microscope; Illustrated Natural History (1853); Animal Traits and Characteristics (1860); Common Objects of the Sea Shore (1857); The Uncivilized Races, or Natural History of Man (1868) (to which Mark Twain refers in his humorous work Roughing It); Out of Doors (1874) (a book that was quoted by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in his Sherlock Holmes story “The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane”); Field Naturalist’s Handbook (with T. Wood) (1879–80); books on gymnastics and sport; and an edition of Gilbert White’s Natural History of Selborne. He also edited The Boys Own Magazine.