Kearsley: London, 1811-1813. Item #98-2962
186 hand-colored full page plates, 8 full page plates not in color, 9.5 x 6, marbled boards with red leather spine, unpag. Disbound, text block in three sections, spine split and peeling, loose signatures and plates, detached plates, ink name, small tears, chipping, soiling, spotting, light staining, creasing, offsetting, toning, the one fold-out plate in the anatomy section is in two pieces. The categories are: anatomy (human) and comparative anatomy (animals), both published by Kearsley, 1808 - 1809, possibly from John Mason Good's "Pantalogia" (lettering on spine reads "Pantalogia") but book was published in 1813, later than the plates; natural history (birds, insects, reptiles, mammals, fish, mollusks), Kearsley 1808-1812, Sherwood 1812, possibly from George Shaw's "General Zoology, or Systematic Natural History," 14 volume set published by Kearsley, 1800-26, also one plate indicates that it came from "Shaw's Lectures," 1811, published as "Zoological Lectures" delivered at the Royal Institution, 2 vols., 1809; botany, Kearsley 1808-1812, Sherwood 1811-1813, one plate, nd, indicates it came from McDonald's Dictionary which was published in 1812 and was an adaptation of "The Complete Dictionary of Practical Gardening," by R.W. Dickson (the real name of McDonald) and orig. published 1805-1807. Sydenham Edwards, a protégé of William Curtis, did 3 illustr in "comparative anatomy"; 38 in "natural history" (Kearsley only) but the lettering is well faded on a plate, maybe Edwards so maybe 37 not 38; 21 in "botany" (Kearsley only), total count may be 61 instead of 62, Edward is listed as one of the artists for Pantalogia and the artist for Dickson/McDonald. A total of 18 plates in anatomy/comparative anatomy, 124 in natural history, 18 in botany. Most of the anatomy etc. have the name Mutlow/Russell, else all are unidentified (except for Edwards). A few plates are close cropped so that the publisher's name doesn't appear. Colors are still bright and sharp , an interesting grouping, would look nice framed. Sold as is -- no returns.