Title A History of the British Stalk-Eyed Crustacea
Book Condition Very Good Plus
Jacket Condition No Jacket
Edition First Edition
Size 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
Publisher London, England John van Voorst 1853
Seller ID 007812
Printed by Woodfall and Kinder, London. Custom binding by Hodgson of Liverpool, so stated. Preface dated July 1853. Aquamarine polished calf, with crisp gilt-stamped lettering and decorative rulings to the hubbed spines. The spine color gently faded to an olive green. Generally unbumped spine head and tail, and with very gently bumped corners, scarcely observable. Bindings unsoiled and quite attractive. A bit of rubbing to the binding, especially to the hubs. 8.5 x 5.5 inches. Text block firmly bound in. All page edges marbled to a lovely effect, matching the pastedowns and FEPs, in colors of purple, blue, bronze and off-white. With lxv and 386 numbered pages. With 174 wood engravings, consisting of detailed drawings of crustaceans as well as charming vignettes depicting landscapes and people. Blue ribbon page marker. No inscriptions, signatures, labels, bookplate, underlining, highlighting, or other marks observed, save for traces of pencil erasure at top of a front FEP. Slight age toning to margins of all pages of both volumes, quite minor. A remarkably clean volume and a handsome addition to any library shelf on zoology, natural history or scientific illustration. Rated Very Good Plus. A finer copy is unlikely to be found. Thomas Bell [1792-1880], an accomplished British zoologist, surgeon and writer, was a president of the Linnean Society as well as a member of numerous other academic and professional societies, clubs and boards. He was considered an authority in the field of crustacea. He was associated with and an influence on Darwin.