A Modern system of natural history : containing accurate descriptions, and faithful histories, of animals, vegetables, and minerals. Together with their properties, and various uses in medicine, mechanics,manufactures, &c. / illustrated with a great variety of copper-plates, accurately drawn from nature, ,and beautifully engraved; by the Rev. Samuel Ward, Vicar of Cotterstock, cum Glapthorne, Northamptonshire; and others.

Ward, Samuel [Browse]
London : printed for F. Newbery, the corner of St. Paul's Church-Yard, Ludgate-Street, 1775-76.
12 v. in 6 : ill.; 15 cm.


  • Leather bound, gilt spine; marbled end papers.
  • Binder's title: Ward's natural history.
  • Vol. 1-7 published in 1775; vol. 8-12 published in 1776.
  • Signatures: Vol. 1-8: B-Q⁶; Vol. 9-12: A-P⁶.
  • Volumes 5-12 have individual title pages. They are arranged as follows: Vols. 5,6,7,8 : Natural history of birds, v. 1,2,3,4 respectively. Vols. 9,10: Natural history of fishes, v. 1,2. Vol. 11: Natural history of reptiles and insects, v. 1. Vol. 12: Natural history of waters, earths, fossils, minerals and vegetables.
  • Index to Natural history of birds is bound following v. 8 on pp. i-li. Index to Natural history of fishes is bound following v. 10, pp. i-xv. Index to Natural history of reptiles and insects is bound following v. 11. Index to Natural history of waters, earths, fossils, minerals, and vegetables is bound following v. 12.
  • Each volume has a varying number of plates and pages.
  • Defective, v.4, t.-p.w.
  • V. 5 contains autograph of Stockton, R.F., hon. degree, 1820.
  • Princeton copy 2: First Edition.
  • Princeton copy 2: Also issued separately as: vol. I-IV Nat.Hist. Four Footed Beasts (our set lacks half titles to these); vols. V-VIII Nat.Hist. Birds, vols. IX-X Nat.Hist. Fishes, vol. XI Nat.Hist. Reptiles & Insects, vol. IX Nat.Hist.Waters...Minerals... (all with their half-titles). That half-titles to vols. V-XII are counted in paging but they are not allowed for in that to vols. I-IV, suggests that those first volumes were never intended to be issued separately.
  • Princeton copy 2: sig "R Lovetts" pencilled on reverse of title to vol. V.
  • Princeton copy 2: Roscoe calls for 7 plates in vol.V (Birds, vol. I), in fact there are 8; see binders instructions at end of vol. VIII.
Binding note
Princeton copy 2: uniform in mrbld bds backed in grn vellum, red mor labels.
Princeton copy 2: R. Lovetts
  • Roscoe. John Newbery and his successors, J376.
  • Princeton copy 2: Roscoe J376.
Other title(s)
  • Natural history of birds.
  • Natural history of fishes.
  • Natural history of reptiles and insects.
  • Natural history of waters, earths, fossils, minerals, and vegetables.
  • Ward's natural history.
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