London: G. B. Whittaker, 1827-1835. First edition. Leather Bound Hardcover. 16 volumes (including the index), Octavo (245 x 157 mm). Approximately 800 engraved plates, some 600 hand-colored, with 12 plain folding plates. Some offsetting from plates throughout (see image), light foxing, some rubbing and light wear to boards and spines. Attractive 19th-century calf with red labels and gilt lettering and tooling on spine.
First English Edition of this classic work or natural history by Baron Cuvier. The most important translation of his work, including his own discourses, but also adding many species not covered in earlier editions. All 16 volumes, covering mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, fossil remains, mollusks, crustaceans, insects, arachnids, and more (including humans).
Lovely colorful plates of many creatures, with a few more scientific illustrations.
A very attractive set of this illustrated natural history classic. Very good. Item #18272