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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.
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.
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.
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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