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Topsell's Bestiary with woodcuts, 1658  

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The History of Four-footed Beasts and Serpents ... collected out of the writings of Conradus Gesner and other authors ... whereunto is now added The Theater of Insects ...

Topsell, Edward


G. Sawbridge



3 volumes in 1 with continuous pagination. [14 of 16], 818, [18], 889-1130, [6] pp. Woodcut vignette on title page, floriated initials, profusely illustrated with woodcuts in text, lacking half-title. 33x22 cm (13x8¾"), 18th century full calf, lettered in gilt on black morocco spine label, raised bands ruled in gilt. 

The first complete edition of Topsell's bestiary, containing the First Edition in English of Moffett's Theatre of Insects. The first edition had been published in 1607. Adding mythological creatures upon the word of "sundry learned men" with more common animals whose anatomy was well-known, Topsell's is equal parts fable and natural history, relating the wonders of nature heightened by fantasy.

Lot Amendments
Front board detached, a few small chips in margins.

Spine panel with vertical cracks, head of spine repaired, front board detached, binding cracked internally, occasional repaired pages, some offsetting, a few instances of worming, a few small chips in margins; very good.

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