Extinct Monsters: A Popular Account of Some of the Larger Forms of Ancient Animal Life. Rev. H. N. Hutchinson, J. Smith, Henry Woodward, Illust., Preface.
Extinct Monsters: A Popular Account of Some of the Larger Forms of Ancient Animal Life
Extinct Monsters: A Popular Account of Some of the Larger Forms of Ancient Animal Life
Extinct Monsters: A Popular Account of Some of the Larger Forms of Ancient Animal Life
Extinct Monsters: A Popular Account of Some of the Larger Forms of Ancient Animal Life
Extinct Monsters: A Popular Account of Some of the Larger Forms of Ancient Animal Life
Extinct Monsters: A Popular Account of Some of the Larger Forms of Ancient Animal Life
Extinct Monsters: A Popular Account of Some of the Larger Forms of Ancient Animal Life
Extinct Monsters: A Popular Account of Some of the Larger Forms of Ancient Animal Life
Extinct Monsters: A Popular Account of Some of the Larger Forms of Ancient Animal Life
Extinct Monsters: A Popular Account of Some of the Larger Forms of Ancient Animal Life
Extinct Monsters: A Popular Account of Some of the Larger Forms of Ancient Animal Life

Extinct Monsters: A Popular Account of Some of the Larger Forms of Ancient Animal Life

London: Chapman & Hall, LD. 1892.

First Edition. Hardcover. "We shall, perhaps, find this antique world quite as strange as the fairy-land of Grimm or Lewis Carroll. True, it was not inhabited by 'slithy toves' or 'jabber-wocks,' but by real beasts....And yet, as real as it all is, this antique world--this panorama of scenes that have for ever passed away--is a veritable fairy-land [where] the principal parts were played, not by kings and queens, but by creatures..."

Welcome to the fairy-land of dinosaurs, where Henry Neville Hutchinson (1856-1927), a leading figure in popularizing geological subjects and introducing fossil discoveries to the Victorian public, leads us through the "antique world" where we'll see "How Extinct Monsters Are Preserved" by "Dame Nature" in the "great museum...everywhere around us," and where we'll meet "Sea-Scorpions," "The Great Fish-Lizards," "The Great Sea-Lizards and Their Allies," "The Dragons of Old Time--Dinosaurs" (across three full chapters), "Flying Dragons," "Sea Serpents," "Some American Monsters," "Some Indian Monsters," "Giant Sloths and Armadillos," "The Mammoth," "The Mastodon and the Woolly Rhinoceros," "Giant Birds," and "The Great Irish Deer and Steller's Sea-Cow," each impressively illustrated throughout.

Whether through Hutchinson's wonderfully imaginative prose or through the host of truly fabulous illustrations, including a frontispiece, 24 plates, and 37 figures, throughout, which set this book apart from the few others published in the time period, you'll find as Hutchinson wrote in his introduction: "Everything you will see here is quite true. All these monsters once lived. Truth is stranger than fiction; and perhaps we shall enjoy our visit to this fairy-land all the more for that reason. For not even the dragons supposed to have been slain by armed knights in old times, when people gave ear to any tale, however extravagant, could equal in size or strength the real dragons we shall presently meet with..."

8 1/2" X 6". xx, 254pp, plus two pages of ads for Hutchinson's other works. Bound in full Mesozoic forest green cloth over boards, with munching triceratops stamped in gilt to upper board and spine lettered in kind. Moderate wear to binding, with scratches to gilt dinosaur, ripples to cloth at upper board, corners bumped, small tears to head and tail of spine, and slight lean to spine. Green coated endpapers. Paper laid in, inked in calligraphy: "Presented to Dr. W. B. E. Caldwell from Geological Sciences Graduate Students, March 24, 1988." Tear along inner rear hinge; hinges remain quite firm and binding is sound. Pencilled note to half-title. 5" tear to tissue-guard, neatly repaired with archival adhesive. Foxing to preliminaries, heaviest to frontispiece, else only occasional small spot of foxing to pages throughout. Illustrated in 25 plates and 37 figures throughout. Good. Item #10432

Price: $325.00