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The Illustrated Natural History

Reptiles, Fishes, Molluscs, &c.

By the Rev. J. G. Wood, M.A. F.L.S.

1863 - London - Routledge, Warne, and Routledge

10" by 7.5", (2), 810pp plus plates



A bright edition of Wood's extensive Illustrated Natural History, the Reptiles, Fishes, Molluscs volume. 

Bound in half leather with gilt decoration.

With new designs by Wolf, Zwecker, Weir, Coleman, Wood, Neale, tuffen, West, Etc.
Engraved by the Brothers Dalziel.

John George Wood, 1827 1889, was a popular English writer on natural history. He was educated at home, at Ashbourne grammar school and Merton College, Oxford. Wood was ordained in 1852 and in 1854 was ordained priest. In 1854, he gave up his curacy to devote himself for a time to literary work. In 1858 he accepted a readership at Christ Church, Newgate Street, and he was assistant-chaplain to St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, from 1856 until 1862. After 1876 he devoted himself to the production of books and to delivering in all parts of the country lectures on zoology, which he illustrated by drawing on a black-board or on large sheets of white paper with coloured crayons. These "sketch lectures," as he called them, were very popular, and made his name widely known both in Great Britain and in the United States. Wood was a very prolific writer on natural history, history, and co-wrote works on athletics. He was also editor of The Boys Own Magazine.


The bidning is generally tight and firm. The inner hinges are slightly strained. Page 289-290 is partially detached.There is some mild wear to the extremities, including some mild bumping and rubbing. Internally the pages are generally clean and bright, with intermittent spotting and handling marks. There are two ink signatures on the title page. Overall the condition is very good.


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