London: L. Upcott Gill, 1885.
Hardcover. This striking pictorial binding promises scintillating sketches of flesh-eating animals, with subjects including domestic cats as well as large cats, including lions, tigers, leopard, jaguars, pumas, lynx, and cheetah, as well as hyaenas, skunks, mongoose, and bears, with the bulk of the book devoted to the dog, their talents, skills, fears, eccentriticites, and love of man. The work of writer, traveler, and zoologist Robert Arthur Nicols, F.G.S. , F.R.G.S. (1840–91), Natural History Sketches Among the Carnivora comes illustrated by J. T. Nettleship, C. E. Brittan, and T. W. Wood in black-and-white frontispiece, fold-out plate of a Bengal tiger, and three plates of various canines, lacking plate of Black-Maned African Lion, with reproduction laid in.
8" X 5 1/2". 247pp, plus one page of ads. Bound in full russet cloth over boards, with mountain lion and dog in three-quarter profile stamped in gilt to upper board and tiger to spine, lettered in kind. Moderate wear to binding, with corners turned in, bumping to spine ends, and small tears to head and tail of spine. Hinges stiff from over-zealous glue repair at some point in its history, with tears to paper over rear inner hinge visible. Binding remains firm and sound. One gathering proud. Occasional scattered foxing to pages throughout, else clean and unmarked. Illustrated by J. T. Nettleship, C. E. Brittan, and T. W. Wood in black-and-white frontispiece, fold-out plate of a Bengal tiger, and three plates of various dog breeds, lacking plate of Black-Maned African Lion, with reproduction laid in. Good. Item #8498