London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1874.
New Edition. Leather bound. This handsome and quite well-preserved leatherbound 1874 edition of this first series in Curiosities of Natural History ranges from observations on the poisons of toads to the ill-fated history of a pet monkey, all from the life and pen of the English surgeon, zoologist, and natural historian Francis Trevelyan Buckland (1826–1880). Buckland was the son of geologist and palaeontologist Canon William Buckland and fossil collector, palaeontologist, and illustrator Mary Morland Buckland.
6 5/8" X 4 1/8". xvi, 362pp. Finely bound in half calfskin with marbled paper over boards, gilt lettering over burgundy Morocco leather labels, floral gilt compartments to spine, and all edges marbled. Moderate wear to binding, with chipping to head of spine, corners split and turned in, and wear to exterior hinges. Inner hinges a touch tender. Binding remains quite firm and sound. Marbled endpapers. Illustrated in frontispiece of Henry De La Beche's Awful Changes caricature of Professor Ichthyosaur and two plates. Contents include: A Hunt in a Horse-Pond, Rats, The Cobra di Capello, Fish and Fishing, and My Monkey Jacko. Very good. Item #6424